[Press & Publications] University of Leicester First for New Technology [Medical; Food]



August 2000

No 152

A research team at the University of Leicester has won funding for projects examining 60,000 gene interactions simultaneously.

Announcing two awards Professor Joe Lunec, Head of the Division of Chemical Pathology, said that an award of £300,000 from the Food Standards Agency will establish a gene microarray facility at the University making it the first academic institution in the UK to possess this newly developed technology.

The Food Standards Agency advises the Government of the health benefits or hazards of foods and their ingredients.

“The gene microarray from Affymetrix was developed in Silicon Valley in California, home of the computer chip. It allows the expression of 60,000 genes simultaneously on one chip,” said Professor Lunec.

“The technology will be used in the first instance to investigate diet-gene interactions in colon cancer, particularly looking at fats.”

In addition to the Food Standards Agency grant, the University of Leicester has on the basis of this new technology been awarded a second award for £74,000 from the ARC (Arthritis and Rheumatism Council) to investigate the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease in rheumatoid arthritis.

“This is an important grant because it will be the first time such technology has been used to investigate genes associated with cardiovascular disease or rheumatoid arthritis,” said Professor Lunec.

For further information please contact Professor Joe Lunec on 0116 252 5890.

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