MDA has awarded $400,000 to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Laboratory of Neurogenetics researchers to perform exome sequencing on samples taken from 1,000 people with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The project will be led by neurologist Bryan Traynor, head of the Neuromuscular Diseases Research Group at the NIH in Bethesda, Md.
Data generated by the first-of-its-kind project will be made publicly available online and are expected to accelerate the pace of ALS research by helping scientists identify genes associated with the disease.
The exome-sequencing project, which is expected to be completed within 12 months, will produce genetic information for:
Exome sequencing data from a large number of people unaffected by ALS will be used for comparison in analysis.
To learn more, read Unique ALS ‘Exome-Sequencing’ Project Is Focus of New Grant.