Microsoft Research is dipping into the human gene pool through a set of new projects costing the Redmond company in excess of $850,000. Via the Computational Challenges of Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) program, Microsoft has revealed that it offers support for no less than six research projects, with a couple of them focused on discovering the causes of eurodegenerative illnesses such as Parkinson and Alzheimer.
“The Microsoft Research GWAS program provides crucial funding at the interface between information
management and quality healthcare,” said Michael Kane, an assistant professor of Computer Technology at Purdue University and one of the researchers selected to receive support under the GWAS program.
Microsoft has chosen to support only six of 40 projects submitted by 39 academic organizations across the world. The funding from the Redmond company will enable computational GWAS research designed to highlight the associations between genetic patterns and various diseases, disorders, the aging process, while at the same time identifying the connections with the diseases, aging or the expression of genetic disorders. The ultimate goal.
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