DATABASE: Framingham Gene Hunt

Science  08 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5792, pp. 1367
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5792.1367d

The race to find the genes behind common ailments is heating up as many research groups scan patients' entire genomes for markers linked to disease. When it opens later this month, the Genomic Medicine Database (GMED) from Boston University (BU) will showcase such results from 1320 participants in the famed Framingham Heart Study, which has followed the health of a small Massachusetts town for 50 years. You can peruse the chromosomes for possible associations between about 10 traits—such as hypertension and high cholesterol levels—and 100,000 genetic markers, known as SNPs. Click to zoom in on the genes near a SNP. The BU team is posting data before publication so that other researchers can quickly seek to replicate the findings, says GMED co-curator Marc Lenburg. “Our hope is that others will follow our lead” and share unpublished data, he says.

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