New Gene Research with Veterans’ Help

New Gene Research with Veterans Help

DNA strands in test tube

by Levi Newman on May 10, 2011

Budgets have been a huge subject of conversation for anyone following government news the last few months.  Within a budget there is always that ambiguous designation for “research and development.”  We hardly ever hear about either one of these, and sometimes wonder if anything new has been developed in the last several years.

The VA is beginning a new research project that will hopefully boost our confidence a bit in our researchers.  The last 60 years have provided incredible advances in the scientific knowledge about how the human body works and how genes and the different ways they encode our information affect and determine our health.  Even with six decades of research there is still way more to learn that we know.  The VA is in a unique position to conduct research on the relationships between genes and long term health.

On a purely voluntary basis, the VA will collect blood samples and health information from the millions of veterans to which it provides care.  To ensure the security of the information and blood collected, all personally identifying information will be removed at the time of collection and replaced with a barcode.  There will be no connection between the barcoded information and the veteran.  Additionally, instead of shipping the blood samples and information to the researchers, the researchers will either come to the samples, or have access to the information gathered from them via a secure internet server.

The project is being organized by the VA Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee.  Members of this committee are public and private medical experts, scientists, and legal experts in the field of genetics.   The goal of the project is to combine the factors of military exposure, health, lifestyle, and genetics into one database, creating a pool of interconnecting data which will potentially reveal correlations between each of these different facets, with a focus on genetics.  At a minimum, the project is set to last for the next five to seven years.


The original press release can be read here.


Photo thanks to Gravitywave under creative common license on Flickr.

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Dinkiedow May 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm

The V.A. hasn’t discovered that Herarin was recalled because of (OSCS) Poison in 2007.Pretty bad seeing they must had continued to poison thousands after they injected it in me 11/4/2007 in West Haven,Ct.But,hear it from them this never happened and i am a trouble making Liar!

I guess the Nausia i felt instantly when injected,me telling them this is not going to be good “IF” i were lucky enough to wake.
Gee,guess what I must had just immagioned being woken by Dr’s telling me not to move for I might bleed out.They took blood,sent it to Yale Labs,then proceeded to give me a bag of Platelets for now i had almost none.I must had dreamped that it took 5 days to bring my count back to 30,00 so the could continue to place stints in my Heart.

Wow,what a dreamer,trouble maker i am to concock that one up!

If you think i am an unhappy camper NO” not me I enjoy having my Heart P.A. that he could careless about what happened because it was above his pay grade.
So,whyat did the V.A. Nashviile,Tn do.They declared me incpmpetent.I had to hire a attorney to fight back.Thank God the N.R.A. stept in seeing they called than sent it in righting I lost my check book and under the Brady bill if i were to be in possion of a fire arm,amunition or attempt to purchase one they would have me incarserated!
I bet they never noticed that i had aV.A. Hospital Bed Wheel Chair because of my Ischmec Heath,no left eye due to the mulitiple shrapnel wounds to my entire bode for which i am 100% service connection!
Oh,don’t let me forget about the oxygen lady calling and said the supply was heading to my home to pick up all oxygen supplies because i had miss an appointment a Year Past,WTH?

Then just last week my great P.C. Dr Toth diadnosed me as a Liar,Wasn’t that sweat!

So,I called the Patiet Avocate one mpre time,just to be told i just can’t get along and she will send me a form to ask had they anyone willing to treat me.I didn’t dare to ask how!

Maybe they thought i was going to recieve a Big Nehmer Retro and 5% up top and Drirect Deposit into their account would be divied just find.You know that share the Wealth thing they have going on
declaring so many Veterans incompetent? Great Work If You Can Get It! You Can’t Dream this Crap up.I have everything in writting,Fact! Maybe for this someone will come get me.Well I am the One in the Hospital bed 24/7 oxygem.Be Careful I have Bottle of Nitro Tablets an I know how to use them. I Quack Me Up.If you can’t laugh at all the crap that comes your way,you already Died.Could that be what they are trying to do.

That’s it,i just remenbered they sent me an appointment to see (Achmed) I Kill You! They claim they had never heard that.I have this Bridge going cheap!

Let me intertain you from my death bed!


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