In an article posted by Genome Web titled "Geisinger Health System Wins $3.6M NIH Grant to Study Genetics of Cancer Risk", it is proudly stated that the Pennsylvania based research institute has received a grant of $3.6 million as to conduct extensive research into the "genetic underpinnings of cancer risk". The grant is notably part of a five year plan in which the list of cancer risk variants will be greatly expanded through investigating the genetic risk of cancer in very large populations. The research will further draw on an already existing research initiative which boasts a massive 276,000 participants, and will expand on exome sequencing based screening for cancer risk.
Resources and information:
Geisinger Exome Study: https://www.genomeweb.com/sequencing/geisinger-exome-study-ids-breast-cancer-risk-variants-may-not-have-been-detected-routine#.YIy3IXdKg1h
This is amazing! cancer is such a complex disease and understanding it better with research related to genetics could finally be the way to cure such a detrimental disease!ReplyDelete
This is terrific news! Research into the genetic risks of cancer is essential, as cancer is a devastating disease that affects so many people worldwide. I hope that with this funding, more underlying genetic factors that cause cancer will be found and understood.ReplyDelete