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DNA data from hundreds of North Alabama children and their parents will soon be part of a major new genetic study of childhood diseases led by Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and including the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The National Institutes of Health announced a $7.6 million research grant Tuesday to the non-profit institute for the study.

The multi-year study's goal is to sequence children's entire genetic code from samples of their blood - something faster and less expensive to do than ever - and look for links between genetic errors and disorders, especially mental disorders. A second goal is studying how to help doctors and other care providers share that potentially explosive information with patients.

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