Goal is database with 500,000 participants
- 430,000 have completed a health survey
- 170,000 gave saliva samples
- Future participants will be asked for blood samples, rather than saliva, so researchers may also collect data found in blood — not saliva — about biomarkers and environmental exposures
- 90,000 DNA samples extracted
- average participant’s age is 65
- 55,000 DNA samples genotyped
- 675,000 SNPs will be examined, giving snapshots of important portions of the 3 billion bits of information in each person’s DNA. The SNPs will be examined for variations that may be associated with diseases/disorders or other health-related factors.
New Kaiser Permanente biobank based in Berkeley, Calif.
- For storage of DNA, blood, and saliva samples
- Planned capacity to include freezer and room temperature storage
- Freezer: 5 million 1.4 ml samples
- Room Temp: 3 million 0.75 ml samples
- Opening planned for September 2011