Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

How to maximize the opportunities and promise of emerging omics research? Develop scientific commons

In the late 20th century, the NHLBI cohorts were created as separate entities with specific research goals. The NHLBI’s funding of GWAS served as a powerful incentive for collaboration among the NHLBI-funded cohort studies. The creation of a scientific commons would provide a major national resource comprising the participants, their deeply phenotyped data, their biological samples, and the investigator expertise to maximally utilize this major national resource for all investigators. In the 21st Century, the use of population biology to discover druggable targets may prove more fruitful than the use of mouse models.

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