National Institutes of Health requires a database of one million people who are willing to share the details of their DNA and at least 10 years of lifestyle for research purpose.
The U.S. government will start the nationwide enrollment of people for the experiment need on Sunday. According to the NIA, with a large database, they will be able to compare lifestyles of people, genetics, and environments of people from different levels of the society. This comparison will help them in learning why some illnesses do not have any effect on some people, whereas others can get the diseases easily. With this information, it will be possible to customize the treatment and disease prevention methods.
The research program by NIA named “All of Us” is a national adventure and it is aimed at transforming medical care towards precision medicine, said the Director of NIA Dr. Francis Collins. The people in the country can sign up for the research program through online or through the health centers participating in the research program. $1.45 billion has been allotted by the Congress for the project for a span of 10 years.
A pilot test of the project was started last year by the health providers and universities participating in the project and more than 25,000 people have already enrolled in the project.