USTAR Launches Center for Genetic Discovery

The USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery is partnering with California based Omicia, Inc, to make patient genome analysis as routine as a blood test. The center, co-directed by Utah Genome Project Investigators Mark Yandell, Ph.D., and Gabor Marth, D.Sc., was launched with $6 million from the University of Utah and the state-funded Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative.

“What we want to be able to do is help the kid who is born with a hard-to-diagnose genetic disorder,” said Yandell. “Our genome interpretation tools will be able to identify that disorder and guide treatment.”

The mission is to create a genetic discovery pipeline that accurately translates a patient’s complete DNA sequence, revealing the genetic causes of health disorders within seconds. Presented in an easy-to-interpret format, the information will empower health care professionals to prescribe the best, most cost-effective ways to control existing conditions, and prevent or delay the onset of new ones.

Read more about the USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery.

A Mission To Go From DNA To Diagnosis, In Seconds