Intermountain Healthcare building new global DNA database for future genetic discoveries
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Credit: Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute

Intermountain Healthcare is creating a new global DNA registry based on medical histories from people around the world, which researchers can use to find genetic codes that determine who’s at risk of developing genetic health problems and help them quickly and economically.

Researchers from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute are seeking existing genetic test results and electronic health histories to form a new worldwide database called the GeneRosity Registry.

To populate the registry, they’re asking adults who’ve already purchased direct-to-consumer DNA testing at commercial sites like AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, or 23andMe to voluntarily upload their raw and unprocessed genetic results, or genotypes.

Researchers are hoping to reach a wide audience to start the conversation about what benefits sharing existing results can have not only for people today, but future generations. Study funding was provided by donors to the Intermountain Research and Medical Foundation.

“Our project is creating a resource for future studies,” said Stacey Knight, PhD, MStat, a cardiovascular and

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