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MT @BrownGeneGal 1st genome took 13 years to decode, UCSF-Kaiser took 14 months to map genome of 100,000 ppl.

MT @BrownGeneGal 1st genome took 13 years to decode, UCSF-Kaiser took 14 months to map genome of 100,000 ppl.

Take 100 scientists, give them six years, $25 million, and the DNA-rich spit of 110,000 people, and what do you get? Answers. A ton of them. For the all-star lineup of researchers and doctors at UC San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente, that was the idea behind the joint Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health, which launched in 2007 with the mission of collecting as much data about living, breathing humans as they could get their latex-gloved hands on. There would be so much information streaming in—an “informatics dream,” as Neil Risch, a UCSF genetic epidemiologist and the project’s co-leader, calls it—that the team’s computers would be literally overwhelmed. But the results of all the data-crunching would be stunning, and, as we’re beginning to see now, they could revolutionize not just how we treat disease, but also how we understand all of human suffering. T...

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