WSJ: Study Of Family's Genome Finds Health Risks For Daughter

September 15, 2011

A group of researchers said that by examining the whole genome of a family of four, they were able to make unusually specific findings, including the daughter's risk of blood clots, and suggestions for preventive care.

The study, published Thursday in the journal PLoS Genetics, was led by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, but also listed as co-authors John and Anne West, the father and daughter who were involved in researching their own genetic make-up. The research is part of scientists' continuing quest to extract truly useful information from the genome, a person's complete genetic code.

This is the second time a paper has been published about a family's whole genome. In the earlier paper, published last year in Science Express by a different group of researchers, the two children in the family had rare genetic conditions, and researchers were searching for the genes that caused them. The goal in the current study was to better predict the disease risk of a family and how family members might respond to medications. Read more >>>>>>>

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