“Unique aspects of the tissue collection for disease modeling awards that is critical for donors to understand include that researchers intend to:
“• Test donors blood and skin samples for infectious disease
“• Transform donor cells and make them into immortal iPSC lines
“• Record the genetic sequence of donor their cells
“• Distribute donor cells and associated medical and genetic information widely
“• Use cells and associated information to develop commercial medical products with no financial compensation to donors.
“In addition, minors and/or individuals with cognitive impairments will be recruited for this research and consent may be obtained from their legal guardian."
“This initiative will provide scientists with access to multiple cell lines that should have much of the genetic variations that represent the variety within any human disease such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, lung fibrosis and autism.”