Research to Watch

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By MIT Technology Review, Editors

Finding ways to analyze large amounts of genetic data and extract information related to diseases that involve multiple genes.

  • Project: Cancer Biology and Genetics Program
    Sloan-Kettering Institute
    www.mskcc.org

Testing a microfluidic chip that will measure differences in how genes are expressed in tumors.

  • Project: Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative
    Coriell Institute for Medical Research
    cpmc.coriell.org

Enrolling 100,000 participants in a research study to measure how genetic information can improve health.

Developing a genetic test that will identify patients at risk of sudden cardiac death who should receive an implantable defibrillator.

An EU-funded consortium seeking to standardize genetic testing and establish guidelines for doctors and patients.

An American-Japanese scientific alliance studying pharmacogenomics across a broad array of medical conditions, including depression, AIDS, and asthma.

  • Project: Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base
    Stanford University Medical Center and others
    www.pharmgkb.org

An international consortium building a database detailing the influence of genetic variations on drug reactions.

Investigating whether using genetic tests to determine a patient’s sensitivity to certain drugs is more cost-effective than choosing drugs that are less affected by genetic variations.

  • Project: The 1000 Genomes Project
    Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Beijing Genomics Institute Shenzen, National Human Genome Research Institute
    www.1000genomes.org

Sequencing the genomes of about 1,200 people around the world to create a database of biomedically relevant genetic variation.

  • Project: The Cancer Genome Atlas
    National Cancer Institute, National Human Genome Research Institute
    cancergenome.nih.gov

Sequencing thousands of samples from over 20 types of tumors to understand the genetic changes that underlie these cancers.

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