New research grant to study childhood genetic disorders featured in local media

News Outlet: 
The Huntsville Times, al.com
Date published: 
July 22, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - DNA data from hundreds of North Alabama children and their parents will soon be part of a major new genetic study of childhood diseases led by Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and including the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The National Institutes of Health announced a $7.6 million research grant Tuesday to the non-profit institute for the study.

The multi-year study's goal is to sequence children's entire genetic code from samples of their blood - something faster and less expensive to do than ever - and look for links between genetic errors and disorders, especially mental disorders. A second goal is studying how to help doctors and other care providers share that potentially explosive information with patients.

To view the rest of the story from al.com's Lee Roop, click here. You can read HudsonAlpha's release here and the NIH release here