With 500,000 participants, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Million Veteran Program now has the distinction of being the largest genomic database in the world.

The VA announced the milestone on August 1, when an Army veteran from Montgomery, Ala., became the 500,000th volunteer to enroll in the research database program, which is designed to link genetic, clinical, lifestyle and military-exposure information in partnership with the Obama administration’s Precision Medicine Initiative.

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