Iranian Genome Project
The Iranian Genome Project is uncovering the genetic tradition of the Iranian people and believes in the importance of the Zoroastrian population in history and future medical applications.
The Iranian Genome Project was started in 2011 at Stanford University between Professor Russ Altman who is the Chair of Bioengineering and Mostafa Ronaghi who is the CTO of Illumina. The project has substantial financially backing and world-class leadership. Under some of the most respected and internationally celebrated scientists in the field of genetics, genomic sequencing, and personalized medicine, we are studying the similarities and differences at the genetic level between different Iranian groups for two reasons:
2. To study genetic variations specific to the Iranian population and its different ethnic groups that are conductive to disease. This has profound applications in personalized medicine in years to come when drugs are being developed that are tailored to genetic information of populations and people. It is essential that Iranians and Iranian Americans of all ethnic/cultural backgrounds are included in this movement and are not excluded from the benefits.
More information about the project itself and other researchers involved, including Harvard University professor of systems biology Pardis Sabeti can be found on our website - www.irangenes.com.
HERE IS WHERE WE NEED HELP!
We have spent the past few months surveying a high number of Iranians from different ethnic groups before screening qualified individuals for a free, confidential sequencing of their genome and inclusion in the study. The goal is to make sure all different types of Iranian people and groups are represented fairly. Those who are confident about their ethnic origin on the short survey will be contacted with more information.
Unfortunately, we have very little Zoroastrians represented and are deeply concerned. It is imperative to the team at Stanford University that all groups are fairly represented and that the benefits of the project can be shared equally by everyone.
If you are Zoroastrian of Iranian Descent please take the survey at the secure link below so your community can be fairly represented in the study and have access to the rewards of the research being conducted at Stanford University.
Survey Responses Needed from Zoroastrians of Iranian Descent. Please distribute and take the short survey found below at the Stanford Medicine URL.
If you have any questions please call Nima Ahmadi at 858 774 6305.
Courtesy : Firdosh Tolat
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