The Veterans Heath Administration now has the world's largest genomic database. VA has collected 500,000 samples from U.S. military veterans to aid in gene-based research of conditions such as cancer, diabetes and PTSD to develop future treatments and possible cures for these illnesses and others. The voluntary project is called the Million Veteran Program (MVP). No other medical research facility has ever had such a massive data set in this field. The program aims to help doctors understand the genetic component of why some patients respond to treatment, why others do not and whether some people are more prone to illnesses. For more information, read the VA VAntage Point Blog and visit the Million Veteran Program website at website.
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