The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a grant of nearly $1.8 million to Jackson Laboratory to develop new computational tools that can analyze vast amounts of genomic data and give insights into how various genes interact in complex diseases.

The work, which aligns with the nation’s Precision Medicine Initiative, seeks to find the large number of genes seen in complex diseases such as heart disease, multiple cancer types, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, determine how these genes interact, and which ones have a propensity to cause disease, says Greg Carter, PhD, an associate professor at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.

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