A rich resource for genomic research
Researchers are hoping that the next contribution unlocks the genetic key to solving some of the world’s most complex diseases.
Completing the mapping of the human genome in 2003 took more than a decade and $2.7 billion (U.S.) – to map just one. Today, a complete human genome map can be developed in a couple of days for a mere fraction of the cost.
Scientists at Genomics Medicine Ireland (GMI) are leveraging these advances in technology. In partnership with AbbVie, GMI will map the genomes of 45,000 people across Ireland.
By building a library of genetic information, scientists will look for genes that might play a role in disease origins and progression. The hope is to make discoveries that will lead to new medicines for people battling serious diseases.