Professor Aarno Palotie from the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) focuses on genetic analysis of diseases by utilising large quantities of data gathered from subjects. Together with his research team, he has been able to use data analysis to demonstrate that the underlying causes of various neurological diseases consist of numerous genes, instead of a single genetic mutation.
The more data there is available for research use, the easier it is to find statistical variables. Extensive amounts of data have the potential of revealing new information if the data is mined and analysed well.
The FinnGen project was launched in autumn 2017. The aim of the project is to record the genomes of 0.5 million Finnish people. The project utilises samples collected by all Finnish biobanks. The data collected on Finnish heritage will be combined with clinical data
from national healthcare registers. The goal is to gain a better understanding of diseases by combining genome and healthcare data. Patient healthcare can only be significantly improved by analysing large quantities of samples.
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