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Health Agencies Update
November 24, 2015

New Type 2 Diabetes Portal Open to Researchers and Public

JAMA. 2015;314(20):2121. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.15305

Researchers studying type 2 diabetes can now access an online research knowledge portal that has data on genetic samples from more than 100 000 patients. The data were collected from 28 human genetic association studies conducted around the world involving patients with type 2 diabetes and include information on related traits such as obesity and glucose and insulin levels (http://bit.ly/1WMZz8G). The database, launched in October, is sponsored by the Accelerating Medicines Partnership, a public-private partnership between government institutions, biopharmaceutical companies, and nonprofit organizations with the goal of reducing the time and cost of developing new diagnostic methods and treatments for type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (http://1.usa.gov/1eQrFYk).

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