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Health Agencies Update
November 28, 2007

NIH Data Sharing

JAMA. 2007;298(20):2361. doi:10.1001/jama.298.20.2361-a

Researchers hoping to better understand the link between genes and disease, particularly with regard to heart disease, have a powerful new tool at their disposal: a Web-based database of genetic and health information collected during large, federally funded population studies.

The SHARE (SNP Health Association Resource) database is being launched by the National Institutes of Health with funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. It will be freely available to qualified researchers worldwide. SHARE initially will contain data on the more than 9300 participants in the Framingham Heart Study, and officials plan to add data from other studies.

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