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Boston.Com: Brigham Will Recruit Patients For Gene Study
July 14, 2010, 9:41 am
Filed under: News

Massive effort’s goal is to explain role in disease
By Carolyn Y. Johnson
Globe Staff / July 13, 2010
Patients who go to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for routine care will soon be asked to provide a blood sample for genetic testing, with the results used to build a massive database to help untangle how genes affect human health.

The researchers ultimately hope to compile genetic information from 100,000 patients — some ill, some healthy. By linking the data to medical records and following patients over time, the scientists hope to illuminate the interplay of genes, lifestyle, and the environment in causing disease.

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