Scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
in Research Triangle Park, NC, and at the University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill, plan to establish a new gene registry to study the relationship between
environmental exposures, genetic susceptibility, and human disease.
The collaborative effort, which will include DNA samples from 20 000
individuals, has begun with a pilot study in which 600 individuals visiting
University of North Carolina outpatient clinics have been asked to allow a
portion of blood drawn for other medical purposes be used for DNA isolation
for the registry. About 80% have agreed.
Hampton T. Gene Registry in the Works. JAMA. 2004;291(8):933. doi:10.1001/jama.291.8.933-c