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National MS Society Commits $1.1 Million To Cutting-Edge Effort To Map MS Genome
September 23, 2005 - The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in partnership with International MS Genetics Consortium (IMSGC), is committing $1.1 million to jump-start an international effort to map the genome (all of the genetic material within humans) of multiple sclerosis. The IMSGC is a group of international MS genetic experts created with funding from the National MS Society. This group is using a new technological advance, a DNA chip that enables investigators to test 500,000 individual genetic locations (sites within genes) at one time for possible involvement in MS, potentially speeding the genetic analysis to less than one year’s time.
The Society and Harvard are uniting to jointly raise a total of $4.3 million to complete this project.
“Genetics research has tremendous potential to help us pinpoint the underlying cause of MS and improve the diagnosis and treatment of this disease,” says John R. Richert, MD, Vice President of Research & Clinical Programs for the National MS Society. “But the complex nature of MS genetics means that scientists have to work together to apply cutting-edge technologies to the problem. The International MS Genetics Consortium can make all of this happen – their efforts are already narrowing the search for genes that make people susceptible to MS.”
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Resear ... Sept23.asp