Mayo, Baylor partner on precision medicine genome sequencing in biobank

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic and Houston-based Baylor College of Medicine are partnering to sequence DNA in Mayo's biobank to examine genomic markers to help identify possible drug reactions.

As part of the nationwide trend of precision medicine, Baylor's Human Genome Sequencing Center will assist in sequencing the DNA of 69 different genes that may influence how patients react to certain drugs. Such pharmacogenomic findings could then be placed in patients' medical records, providing early warnings to clinicians about which drugs may present problems for patients.

"This collaboration is a wonderful example of how a partnership between a genome center and a premier clinical group can speed the translation of valuable genomic tests into useful advances in patient care," said Richard Gibbs, PhD, director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor.

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