Yale will join the largest envirogenomic study to date. And when all is said and done we will have an answer to the age-old question is it nature? or is it Nurture? Or is it both? What I think is so amazing about this study is it is the equivalent of the Framingham Heart Study which has cohorted people for decades.
This study will last for 21 years. From the YSM site
The National Children's Study is poised to identify the early antecedents of a broad array of diseases that affect both children and adults," said Elias Zerhouni, M.D., director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "Such insights will lead to the means to successfully treat and even prevent conditions that to date have defied our best efforts."
The Sherpa Says: This precisely the right time to study this. If you think whole genome sequencing will mean anything without the data from this type of study....think again. No matter how much paper a "company" reports to you. We need data on prevention and envirogenome interaction, end of story.