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China Bets on the Variome to Uncover Hereditary Diseases

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Science  16 Dec 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6062, pp. 1487
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6062.1487

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China is contributing 3 billion yuan ($470 million) to the Human Variome Project, an international effort to catalog gene variations affecting human health. The commitment—the largest from any country and over a quarter of the target budget—was made official at a ceremony last week. The windfall is intended to jump-start China's genetic services as much as fund global health work.