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PEDIGENE®, an internationally acclaimed computer data management system designed and licensed by Duke, uses multi-layered security levels to ensure participant confidentiality through all phases of a family and population study including:

  • Family history and other vital statistics
  • Clinical diagnostic information
  • Environmental risk factor information
  • Sample collection and storage
  • Genetic marker and genotype information following DNA typing
  • Catalogues of analytical results

This reliable system greatly facilitates data analysis, easily handling the vast amount of information generated during each genetic study. PEDIGENE® has already played a key role in localizing or mapping more than 50 genes involved in diseases. Clinical information is available only to the PIs and specific personnel designated by them, with access strictly prohibited by non-critical personnel or CHG investigators in other studies.

PEDIGENE® has been adapted to house massive and detailed information: clinical information, marker information and genotypes for a large number of genetic markers on samples of thousands of families and tens of thousands of individuals. The PEDIGENE® system stores family history information on over 500,000 individuals and 6,000 families. Information is stored on nearly 100,000 DNA samples and over 6.5 million genotypes. In the course of collaborative studies we have developed methods for secure access to our database and software for collaborators outside the Duke CHG. Thus, we have experience in distributing data to and accepting data from a wide variety of data types, sources, and formats. Collaborators can access PEDIGENE® from their local research facilities.

For more information on PEDIGENE®, please see the brochure below. For information on using PEDIGENE® in your study, please contact Barbara Due at (919) 681-3561 or barbara.due@duke.edu

PEDIGENE® brochure

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