Searching the human genome for the genetic causes of disease, as scientists have been, is like looking for one misspelled word in all the books at the Library of Congress.Learn More
The Utah Genome Project is an ambitious new undertaking in which several thousand members of the 2-million-member Utah Population Database (UPDB) will undergo genome sequencing to discover new disease-causing genes.
The UPDB is the world's largest repository of family histories and public health records linked with clinical records. No other resource in the United States offers a comparable number of large families for genetic investigation.
The project is focusing on UPDB families with exceptionally high incidences of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and early-onset heart disease. Multigenerational families have already been identified in which dozens of relatives are affected with the same disease, often at an unusually early age.
In part, because a single human genome looks like this
Every human genome contains 3 Billion base pairs of DNA.
There are 7 Billion people on the planet.
That's 21,000,000,000,000,000,000 sets of human instructions to understand.
Try to find a needle in that genomic haystack.
But what we've found, is when we are able to compare the genetic sequences of a family...Learn More
Your genetic data will one day give your doctor a view of your past, present and future health.
Today, scientists are racing to discover the genes that cause diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more. Tomorrow your doctor will be able to examine your Genomic Electronic Health Record (GEHR) to determine:
We can begin to see things more clearly.Learn More
Scientists at University of Utah Health Sciences have already globally revolutionized personalized and population medicine by discovering genes responsible for 30+ diseases including:
And then we can use what we learned from that one Utah family, to develop tools, medications, and treatments to help people across the globe.Learn More
UUHS is uniquely positioned to lead the way because scientists here:
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