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Medical News and Perspectives
July 26, 2006

Hunt Is on for Genes Linked to Childhood Diseases

JAMA. 2006;296(4):381-382. doi:10.1001/jama.296.4.381

Following on the heels of the human genome project's completion, researchers at the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia are launching a large-scale effort to search for the genes behind common childhood illnesses.

With the goal of uncovering information that will be used to guide individualized therapy and devise better diagnostic tests and targeted treatments, the project will focus on some of the most prevalent diseases of childhood—including asthma, obesity, diabetes, and behavioral conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder—as well as pediatric cancers. These conditions often involve the interaction of multiple genetic and environmental factors.

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