Julia Evangelou Strait writes for the university that the McDonnell Genome Institute is entering a new area of genomic medicine. The university will expand the institute’s capacities beyond genome sequencing and adding a new and vital focus on understanding how genetics influences health and disease. The McDonnell Genome Institute is a partner worth considering. With a team of experts, they have received over $1.3 billion in research funding. They currently support a range of exciting projects which can be seen here.
Founded in 1993, the McDonnell Genome Institute, formerly the Genome Sequencing Center and The Genome Institute, began as a key player in the Human Genome Project, ultimately contributing more than 25 percent of the finished sequence. Following completion of the working draft of the human genome in 2000, and the finished human genome sequence in 2003, McDonnell Genome Institute turned its sequencing and analysis skills to determining the genomes of many other organisms in order to provide the first reference sequences for these species. In 2014, civic leaders and longtime philanthropists Elizabeth H. and James S. McDonnell III pledged $25 million to The Genome Institute, which was renamed the Elizabeth H. and James S. McDonnell III Genome Institute at Washington University.