The UK Whole Genome Sequencing Project is an exciting new initiative to sequence 1500 genomes from ALS patients just announced by the UK Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association . The goal of the project is to identify previously unknown, rare genetic variants that contribute to the sporadic forms of the disease. The project will use DNA samples already collected and stored in the UK MND DNA bank from sporadic ALS patients. This UK program is part of a larger international collaboration with Project MinE (see Apr 2014 News), and has already engaged some of the leading ALS researchers in the UK. Over the next few years, we hope to see an increasing number of countries joining this international initiative.
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