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Developing countries take the lead in a global program to catalogue human mutations

d in the process, creating a resource that can be extended to act as a repository of all information on genetic influences on disease.
  • Making the project global in scope, both in data collection and funding.
  • Naming the project the "Human Variome Project".
  • Giving Richard Cotton and the Genomic Disorders Research Centre a mandate to create the core infrastructure to start the project with the base for the coordinating office located in Melbourne, Australia

"We will be inviting Australian government agencies to contribute the initial seed funding," says Cotton.

"We anticipate that only a few million dollars will be needed for this first stage. Then, based on the enthusiasm we saw at the meeting, we expect the international agencies will rise to the challenge creating a $50 to $100 million project with the potential to transform the ability of clinicians to identify and prevent diseases with a genetic component including heart disease, cancers and most genetic disorders."

The first benefits will flow from the project within a year says Cotton. "Researchers, clinicians and patients will be able to quickly access quality controlled data concerning some of the most significant genetic disorders such as Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle-cell anaemia as well as Cancer and Schizophrenia.


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Contact: Niall Byrne
niall@scienceinpublic.com
61-352-531-391
Research Australia
5-Jul-2006


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