Estonian government continues gene bank funding

10 January 2006

The Estonian Genome Project (EGP) is a venture that aims to collect DNA samples, clinical data and other health-related information from the vast majority of the 1.4 million inhabitants of the East European country Estonia. A database on this scale would be immensely valuable for research into genetic and environmental factors that influence health and disease, including common complex diseases such as diabetes, depression and cardiovascular disease.

Founded in 2001, to date only around 10,000 donors have joined the project and its future has been uncertain since the original venture-capital funding came to an end. Now the Estonian government has announced plans to provide funds of

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