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The genetics of coeliac disease

Read an interview with Cisca Wijmenga about some of her work. She “is fascinated by the study of coeliac disease; here, she discusses her close connection to the history of the field, the changes brought about by new sequencing methods and the importance of collaboration”. Read about:   Navigating the non-coding regions of the genome  –  Genome of the Netherlands   —  Non-coding RNA  –  Coeliac disease the facts  –  Genetic risk profiling The project “Coeliac disease: from lincRNAs to disease mechanism (CD-Link)”  is supported by an ERC Advanced Investigator grant. By Josh Gabbatiss. Published courtesy of International Innovation – a leading scientific dissemination service. Link to full

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Dutch genome deciphered

The family tree of the Dutch people has been deciphered by researchers at 5 Dutch universities under the leadership of Prof. Cisca Wijmenga of the UMCG in Groningen. The early history of the Dutch can be re-written and diseases can be better predicted. The research is described in a Nature Genetics article published yesterday. `Paul de Bakker, Cisca Wijmenga and colleagues report on The Genome of the Netherlands Project, including whole-genome sequencing of 769 individuals of Dutch ancestry from 250 parent-offspring families and construction of a phased haplotype map. Their intermediate-coverage population sequencing data set provides a complementary resource to

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Yang Li awarded top Chinese-Netherlands prize

On February 20th, Dr. Yang Li, a post-doc in the Wijmenga group, went to Rotterdam to attend a ceremony organised by the Chinese Qingtian Association of the Netherlands. For her achievements in research, she was awarded a top prize: ‘The Scholarship of the QingTian Association of the Netherlands’. This event was reported on several official news channels and Chinese websites, including the Xinhua Agency, the most important news channel in China. Although this is an award from a non-governmental organisation, it aims at encouraging all Chinese researchers/students in the Netherlands to achieve a better performance in future.

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