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NHGRI charts course for the next phase of genomics research
Date:2/9/2011

A new strategic plan from an arm of the National Institutes of Health envisions scientists being able to identify genetic bases of most single-gene disorders and gaining new insights into multi-gene disorders in the next decade. This should lead to more accurate diagnoses, new drug targets and the development of practical treatments for many who today lack therapeutic options, according to the plan from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

Molecular pathways that are implicated in single-gene disorders may hold important clues for the diagnosis and treatment of common disease, according to the strategic plan, Charting a Course for Genomic Medicine from Base Pairs to Bedside, in the Feb. 10 issue of the journal Nature. The new strategic plan comes on the 10th anniversary of the first analysis of the human genome sequence.

"Researchers around the world are working towards a future when health care providers will use information about our individual genomes to better diagnose and treat disease," said Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., NHGRI director. "While significant challenges remain to our understanding of how the genome operates in health and disease, there are enough examples to say with confidence that genomics research will lead to important advances in medicine."

The new vision, produced in consultation with the research community over the past two and a half years, is framed in terms of five research domains. They span activities from basic research into how the human genome is organized and functions to clinical applications that will use knowledge of the genome and genomic technologies to improve medical care and health maintenance. The research domains are:

  • Understanding the structure of genomes

  • Understanding the biology of genomes

  • Understanding the biology of disease

  • Advancing the science of medicine

  • Improving the effectiveness of healthcare

The plan env
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Contact: Jeannine Mjoseth
mjosethj@mail.nih.gov
301-594-1045
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute
Source:Eurekalert

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