Impact of GTEx Study Being Realized
LifeGift was among a handful of U.S. recovery agencies that participated in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Genotype-Tissue Express (GTEx) project, which aims to increase understanding of how changes in genes affect human health and disease. The goal of the project was to benefit the community through an expanded knowledge of complex patterns of genetic variation across a broad range of tissue types, offering hope for the health care of future generations.
Recently, the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI) announced that 80,000 biospecimens were collected, providing comprehensive phenotypic data for all samples. In total, tissues were recovered from 658 organ and tissue transplant donors from participating agencies across the country. This is significant work from a public health perspective and will continue to provide many insights to understanding the relationship between genetic variation and gene expression in human tissue for years to come.