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DNA research center proposed for Wisconsin

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UNDATED (WSAU)   The Medical College of Wisconsin says it’s pursuing a $60-million effort to build on its use of D-N-A sequencing to identify-and-treat rare illnesses. The college says it’s working on a partnership with Milwaukee Children’s Hospital and Froedtert Hospital – all of which are located on the same campus in Wauwatosa. They’re also working with the Blood Center of Wisconsin. And two large consulting firms are reviewing the college’s business plan and seeking investors.

The Medical College hopes to build on its landmark treatment of young Nic Volker of Monona in 2009. Nic had a mysterious problem that created holes in his intestines while eating – and the genetic sequencing led doctors to a cord-blood transplant which cured the youngster. The eventual goal is create an early-stage genetic test that any doctor can order. Howard Jacob of the Medical College says the plan is in the early stages. He says it’s possible that an institute can be created to include clinical sequencing, diagnostic-and-research teams, faculty for teaching new researchers, and businesses involved with genomic medicine.

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