MILWAUKEE — The
Medical College of Wisconsin has received a $2.5 million federal
grant for genetics research.
Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1tdytGN
) the center will use the four-year grant from the National
Institutes of Health to analyze the genes of patients with
undiagnosed diseases. It will work with genetics company Illumina
to sequence the genomes of 1,650 patients and their families.
The research will
examine whether it is better to search for diagnostic clues by
scanning the entire genome or just a specific part, called the
College and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin sequenced a
4-year-old's genes to diagnose his rare intestinal disease using
his exome in 2009. The college's genetics center director says it
is hypothesizing a 25 percent greater diagnostic rate with full