University of Miami center seeks diseases’ origins

A new Miami Institute for Human Genomics, which will search for genetic origins of common diseases such as autism and Alzheimer’s, opened its doors Tuesday to great expectations.
Its purpose: changing the way medicine works.
”The future of medicine depends entirely on projects from the field of genomics,” or the study of all the genes in humans, medical school dean Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt said at Tuesday’s opening.
The University of Miami institute is only the second of its kind in the United States. The Broad Institute of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded in 2003. Genomic research is part of the focus at Scripps Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where 230 researchers are looking at discovering new drugs.
The UM genomics institute will focus on the genetic origins of multiple sclerosis, age-related macular degeneration, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), tuberculosis and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, as well as cardiovascular disease, neurodevelopmental disorders and cancer.
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