Population-based Gene Mapping

...discovering the future of women’s health care



For this scientific study, the Juneau Biosciences team of researchers is applying a population-based gene mapping approach. This type of genetic research requires DNA samples from thousands of women with and without endometriosis, no single sample provides the information needed to make these discoveries.  The samples are accompanied by medical information obtained from the participant's questionnaire and review of the medical record but no personally identifying information is provided to the laboratory and scientific personnel.  Each DNA sample is processed with our state-of-the-art equipment and comparisons are made across the entire genome with other samples.

Statistical programs are then used to detect trends in the genetic information and match these trends with the clinical information.  Gradually, a picture emerges of the genes which consistently play a part in the development of endometriosis.

This approach has effectively been used to identify the genes responsible for many diseases.  We are optimistic that the discoveries we will make in endometriosis will lead to improved diagnosis and treatment options for women.

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