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Taiwan Biobank helping develop therapies suitable to Taiwanese

Taiwan Biobank helping develop therapies suitable to Taiwanese

Taipei, Nov. 3 (CNA) The establishment of Taiwan Biobank is helping shed light on genetic research into diseases most common among ethnic Chinese and develop applicable therapies, the head of Taiwan's most prestigious research institution has said. Academia Sinica President Chi-Huey Wong (???) said Taiwan has a rich diversity of ethnic Chinese, making it an ideal base for establishing the biobank and helping shed light on disease prevention and support improvements in health care and public health initiatives. The biobank, a project undertaken by Academia Sinica at the behest of the government, collects detailed data on the genetic data of ethnic Chinese residents and then uses the data to identify genetic links to diseases most prevalent in Taiwan, according to Commercial Times newspaper. It also represents a major base for Taiwan's future biomedical development, Academia Sinica has said. The bank plans to collect the genetic data of 300,000 people over the next decade, including the data of 200,000 healthy people and 100,000 patients in Taiwan's major hospitals, including National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Tri-Service General Hospital and Taipei Medical University Hospital. The collected data will be used to conduct research on 12 diseases most common among Taiwanese, such as lung, breast and colon and rectum cancers, strokes and Alzheimer's disease. The bank has already collected data on more than 53,000 Taiwanese people and identified genes and gene sites related to diabetes and risk factors. The bank continues to invite more ethnic Chinese citizens aged 20-70 free of cancer to take part in the project, which will trace changes in their health over the long-term by recording their biomarkers, living habits and the environments in which they live as well as compiling their medical records. (By Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-29 10:07 GMT+08:00