Mayo Clinic is establishing a biobank at its Arizona campus, broadening the base of its genomic research efforts by supporting studies in obesity, metabolism and diabetes, all areas of special concern in the Latino population. The Sangre por Salud Biobank is a collaboration among Mayo, Mountain Park Health Center and Arizona State University. Biobanks are an integral component of Mayo’s Center for Individualized Medicine. Lawrence Mandarino, Ph.D., Mayo Biobank director in Arizona, says, “We want to do everything we can to involve the Latino population in biomedical research so we can focus on their specific health issues and better represent an accurate sampling in our biobank.”
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