Eureka Alert

WASHINGTON (Feb 28, 2018) — Today, questions asked by genetic researchers are often answered using big data, through revealing larger patterns, trends, and other connections. Thanks to a multi-million dollar research project, researchers at the George Washington University (GW) and the University of Georgia (UGA) are partners in a project that will soon be able to provide a way for questions asked by those studying glycoscience to be answered by big data, as well.

“Post-translational modifications along with genomics play an important role in health and disease,” said Raja Mazumder, PhD, co-principal investigator and associate professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Using just genomics research for discovery limits scientific advancement – We may not be able to find mutations to explain the prevalence or rate of incidence of a particular disease. For that, we need to understand glycosylation, and we need the resources and tools to support this discipline.”

The National Institutes of Health has jointly awarded a $10 million U01 grant to GW and UGA to build a glycoscience informatics portal, called GlyGen, necessary for glycoscience to advance. GlyGen will also integrate glycan data with gene and protein data,


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