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Center for the Study of IBD
Genetics, Genomics and Molecular Biology Core
The major roles of the Genetics, Genomics and Molecular Biology (GGMB) Core are 1) to provide services in the utilization of advanced genetics and molecular biological techniques and 2) to facilitate the implementation of advances in genomics and molecular biology to IBD research. Application of genetics and molecular biological approaches is central to the evaluation of processes underlying the development of IBD according to the hypotheses that serve as a foundation for this center. As genetics play a significant role in determining the risk of developing IBD, identifying specific risk-associated genes is a priority for CSIBD researchers who are seeking to determine underlying disease processes. This core principally provides access to high-demand, mission-enabling tools for the investigator cohort participating in the CSIBD. The core also provides access to capital or resource-intensive methodologies, such as laboratory automation cDNA and siRNA libraries, and BAC-centered recombinant DNA techniques. The importance of molecular methods for the understanding of mechanisms of immunity and generating transgenic/knockout mice is undeniable, and their impact and dissemination throughout biological disciplines grow every year. These techniques permit the identification and characterization of genes regulating epithelial and immune cell function, analysis of the expression of these genes, determination of the functions and interactions of the encoded proteins, and expression of reporter genes and proteins to allow cellular localization and physiological analysis. For those laboratories with limited expertise in molecular biology, the core has developed a major educational effort consisting of the annual current techniques course in molecular genetics and training in genetic epidemiology, quantitative biology, and genomic medicine.
Gene Profiling Services
Research techniques currently available for transfer from the core include the following:
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