Crain’s New York - "Mount Sinai, Montefiore Get $13 Million For Genome Sequencing" - Caroline Lewis

New York, NY
 – August 9, 2017  –– 

The National Institutes of Health is awarding researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Montefiore's Albert Einstein School of Medicine $13 million to study the impact of providing genome sequencing to 1,100 children from the Bronx and Harlem. During the four-year program, known as NYCKidSeq, the researchers will work with doctors, hospital administrators and the New York Genome Center to figure out the best way to integrate genome sequencing into clinical care and make use of the information it provides, said Eimear Kenny, PhD, assistant professor of genetics and genomic sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Genome sequencing, which involves decoding the genetic building blocks in each strand of DNA, can be used to inform diagnostics and treatment. "It's very likely that in the next five to 15 years, everyone walking into a health system will have their genomes sequenced," said Dr. Kenny. "We don't want New York City children to be last to benefit from this particular advancement."

- Eimear Kenny, PhD, Assistant Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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