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Photo: Charles KooperbergNIH awards include use of WHI data to study disease-related variations

The National Human Genome Research Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, has granted five research teams, including a team at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, to study the genomics of disease susceptibility in ethnically diverse populations.  Co-principal investigators Drs. Charles Kooperberg and Ulrike “Riki” Peters will compare the DNA of the Women’s Health Initiative participants to the DNA sequences of approximately 350,000 rare gene variants that are associated with a variety of chronic diseases and conditions such as high blood pressure, inflammation, high glucose, insulin resistance and high cholesterol, in addition to common diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.  See more details in the NIH press release.