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Sioux Falls hospital project aims to help treat Latino kids

Posted March 15

— A Sioux Falls hospital is teaming up with a children's hospital in Florida to conduct a genetic research project identifying health needs of Latino people.

The Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2nnxsou ) reports Sanford Health will work with Nicklaus Children's Hospital on a gene project designed to ultimately help with treatment and prevention of diseases.

Sanford genetic researcher Dr. Cornelius Boerkoel says researchers from both hospitals will sequence genes of about 1,000 Latino people for the project. Doctors will then use that information to target any unique genetic characteristics of Latinos. The genetic information can help determine patterns and identify rare diseases, which would improve care for children in the Latino community.

Sanford and benefactor T. Denny Sanford donated $7 million for the project after a request from the children's hospital's namesake, former professional golfer Jack Nicklaus.

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