Ive heard about the Genes and Environment Initiative, and I see its mentioned in the strategic plan. What is the NIEHS role in this initiative and how will the initiative improve human health?

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Ive heard about the Genes and Environment Initiative, and I see its mentioned in the strategic plan. What is the NIEHS role in this initiative and how will the initiative improve human health?

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The Genes and Environment Initiative (GEI), supported by Secretary of Health and Human Services, will provide the NIH with the unprecedented opportunity to identify the genetic and environmental underpinnings of common illnesses. The GEI is co-chaired by David A. Schwartz, director of NIEHS, and Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute.

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The Genes and Environment Initiative (GEI), supported by Secretary of Health and Human Services, will provide the NIH with the unprecedented opportunity to identify the genetic and environmental underpinnings of common illnesses. The GEI is co-chaired by David A. Schwartz, director of NIEHS, and Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. The NIEHS will take the lead in developing high-tech tools to measure environmental exposure and the biological responses to these exposures. These new tools could include small, wearable sensors. Researchers need tools to measure individual exposure to environmental agents, a precise measure of individual biological response in order to better understand the relationship between environmental exposures and human health. Without these more precise measures of exposure, it will be very difficult to figure out why certain people develop disease and others do not. We also need to find out why a disease has such a different

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