11 May '11, 4am

ThaI Genome project takes off next month: The aim of the project is better medical knowledge, essentially search...

ThaI Genome project takes off next month: The aim of the project is better medical knowledge, essentially search...

The aim of the project is better medical knowledge, essentially searching for clues about healthy living and using the correct medicines to treat chronic ailments like heart disease and cancer. "Sequencing the genome will provide key hints on how to treat patients properly," said project leader Wasun Chantrtatita. The project, which is supported by the Thailand Centre of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS), is looking for 280 anonymous, healthy Thai male donors as models for further study of DNA changes, or variants. The donors must be of pure Thai ancestry, whose families have lived in the country for at least three generations. From this group, the researchers will select only one single sample to use for the genomesequencing project. The two main objectives will be, firstly, to locate DNA variants on the genome that are strongly associated with disease. Genomic markers...

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