Partnership to advance understanding of personal genomic variation
By Robert Sanders, Media Relations, UC Berkeley
Despite the fact that more than 3,000 people have had at least a portion of their genomes sequenced, and that a growing number of personal genomics companies are urging you to be next, scientists still have a poor understanding of what the differences in your genome really mean.
That, say University of California, Berkeley, scientists, is the impetus behind a new campus initiative to develop a pioneering software platform to analyze these differences and bring closer the era when one’s personal genome will be a starting point for health and medical advice.
“What we have now are numerous disparate sets of incompatible databases, and no common infrastructure for integrating and analyzing genetic variation,” said Steven E. Brenner, a UC Berkeley genomics professor in the Center for Computational Biology. “We are focusing on building a robust platform to identify the genetic basis of disease and inherited traits, as well as, ultimately, a resource that clinicians can use to inform their interpretation of genetic information for medical purposes.”