parsacf.org: As a part of its Mehrgan 2010 Grant Cycle, PARSA Community Foundation announces a $250,000 grant to the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University for the "Iranian Genome Project," a one-of-a-kind initiative for better understanding of the genes of the Iranian population.
Researchers at various universities and companies have been working on genetics and genomics. However, the genetics of the Iranian population has never been studied before. There is no base data on which to evaluate the risk factors of new drugs, as they are being developed, for people of this ethnic background. This population-specific information is crucial to understanding the health benefits and risk factors of certain drugs. It also helps researchers explain history of a certain population in more depth.
Although all humans are 99.9% identical, the small differences are very important to uncover. While most genetic research has been conducted on people of European descent, this project promises to shine a bright light on the Iranian people, and makes it easier for scientists interested in personalized medicine to focus on genetics relevant to Iranians. After the project is completed, the resulting data will be made available in the form of scientific publications as well as public databases which will give pharmaceutical companies and credentialed researchers the ability to do follow-up scientific investigations and develop drugs that are compatible to this population.
PARSA CF is delighted to provide private and philanthropic support for such a bold and pioneering work. First in the world to do so, the Stanford research team is in the process of collecting DNA samples from more than 50 Iranians, representing various ethnicities, and has extensive plans to analyze the data >>>
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