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Thursday, April 06, 2000

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CBC News Newfoundland to regulate genetic research
"Newfoundland has become a favourite spot for genetic researchers because of the province's small "gene pool." It's become so popular the government will regulate research projects and discourage exploitation. "

""Newfoundland has a very interesting population," says Dr. Jane Green, a Memorial University geneticist who identified the gene that causes colon cancer. "It's valuable for genetic research because there was a relatively small number of people who came originally and so a smaller number of particular genes."
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Yahoo! Finance Gemini Launches New Genetics Initiative In Newfoundland & Labrador
"Gemini Holdings plc, the clinical genomics company, today announced the signing of an agreement with Lineage Biomedical Inc., of St. John's, Newfoundland, to establish a joint venture for the purpose of identifying genes for common diseases using the unique population resources of Newfoundland. The joint venture, Newfound Genomics, will establish a genetics based research facility in Newfoundland and Labrador with the aim to identify disease-causing genes."

"The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador has a population of around 550,000 people, primarily descended from a small 'founder' population of English, Scottish and Irish immigrants that populated the islands between the 1600s and the 1840s. The unique population history of Newfoundland and Labrador and the increased prevalence of certain diseases, such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, represent a powerful resource for geneticists to identify genes that predispose to these diseases."

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