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European project to standardise human genome sequencing
A consortium of European DNA sequencing centres have established the new GEUVADIS (Genetic European Variation in Disease) initiative.
GEUVADIS aims to build a strong European framework to study the genetics of disease and to implement genomics responsibly in the clinical setting, by defining technological and ethical standards, and promote multidisciplinary training in genomics. Next-generation DNA sequencing technologies are increasingly affordable and fast; however, storage and interpretation of the vast amounts of data produced, and its use in diagnosis and treatment, is complex. The goal of the GEUVADIS project is to develop standards in quality control, storage and access of sequence data; biological and medical interpretation; and the ethical aspects of sequence variation analysis.
Described as "a strong European framework that can be used to dissect the genetics of disease and to implement genomics responsibly in the medical setting", this project is a sensible step towards creating shared standards and methods that will facilitate data sharing in genomic research and medical applications.