Participation of Wanted Utahns in Global Genetic Study


Residents of Cache Valley have a unique opportunity to be part of a global genetic study; an international collaboration between Intermountain Healthcare and deCODE Genetics of Iceland.

“This is a large population genomic study, where we are collecting blood samples from 500,000 patient samples here in Utah, parts of Idaho and also Nevada. And those samples are sent to deCODE where we do the whole genome sequencing, ”said Bryce Moulton, senior director of clinical research at Intermountain Precision Genome.

The research team provides DNA analysis for cancer treatment that is unique to the individual. deCODE Genetics also performs DNA analysis, but for research purposes. Moulton said the HerediGene: Population study is exciting because it will help researchers discover new genetic markers that are potential targets for new drugs to treat many different diseases.

Moulton also expects the study to help researchers understand issues such as why there is a higher incidence of melanoma in Utah than in other states and of cancers in populations. downstream ”exposed to fallout from nuclear testing in the 1950s.

“We want to know more about how these mutations are transmitted,” Moulton said. “And for how long is this going to be.” And just learn how our exposure to the environment has affected how we become more susceptible to diseases, like cancer, for example.

Participation in the study is voluntary and open to all community residents aged 18 and over. People can participate in the lab inside Logan Regional Hospital now and more locations will be available in the future. People with diagnosed illnesses are especially encouraged to participate. Families too. Moulton urges residents to consider participating as this is a unique opportunity.

“There’s not much of a chance to be a part of something so impactful. We will make several, if not endless, discoveries from the study, ”Moulton said. “And I think being able to say that you’re part of it is a really amazing sort of badge of honor.”

For more information on the HerediGene study and how to participate, visit

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