The Million Veterans Program is three quarters of the way to its goal of 1 million participants. The program which is collecting genetic data from veterans has been running since 2011.
This program aims to investigate how genes affect the health of veterans. By combining information about military exposure, genetics as well as health and lifestyle it is hoped the program will shed light on the genetics of veteran’s physical and mental health. This knowledge may one day lead to improved treatments and preventative measures for conditions like PTSD, heart disease and cancer in veterans, as well as the general public.
Veterans Affairs, which runs the program, say that the 750,000 participants already enrolled in the program cover all 50 states of America, and has the largest representation of minorities. This diversity will be invaluable in ensuring improved health care for all current and future veterans.
Source: JAMA Network
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