Vice President Biden Calls Utah Genetics Resource a "National Model"

On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden visited the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah (HCI) to consult with experts on the national "moonshot" initiative to eradicate cancer. The visit highlighted the power of Utah's unique genetics resources, Utah Population Database, and the Utah Genome Project, to uncover the genetic causes of diseasaes, including cancers.

"If this were a model for what could take place around the world, we would make exponential progress," Biden said.

He was already thinking about ways to share “big data” across disciplines, hospital systems and state borders in his quest to defeat cancer. But a five-volume gift of his family’s genealogy from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a crash course in the Utah Population Database, and a round table discussion with cancer researchers at HCI clinched it.

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