Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and co-authors from four other U.S. institutions from the Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Genomics (eMERGE) Network are using the EMR in conjunction with genetic data to discover new disease associations.

Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and co-authors from four other U.S. institutions from the Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Genomics (eMERGE) Network are using the EMR in conjunction with genetic data to discover new disease associations.

The first large-scale phenome-wide association study (PheWAS) was released on November 25 in the journal Nature Biotechnology. Traditional genetic studies start with one phenotype and look at one or many genotypes; PheWAS does the inverse by looking at many diseases for one genetic variant or genotype.

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