Finding the genes behind common diseases.

The Wellcome Trust is providing £9m of funding to a UK wide collaboration which will look for the genetic ‘signposts’ of TB, heart disease, type 1 and 2 diabetes, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, bipolar disorder and hypertension. Over 19000 DNA samples will be analysed and compared in order to find the regions of DNA that are associated with each of the conditions.
A second project will take a similar approach to study breast cancer, autoimmune thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis and ankylosing spondylitis.

It is hoped that a better understanding of the genetics behind these disorders will result in the development of better diagnostic tests and more effective treatments.

BBC News

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