The National Institutes of Health has made public more than 50 years worth of data from the linkurl:Framingham Heart Study.; The data from that study are the first to go live as part of the recently-launched, web-based SNP Health Association Resource (or SHARe) database, which is funded by NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. As per NIH's recently finalized linkurl:policy; on sharing genome-wide association study (GWAS) data, summary data from the Framingham study will be accessible to the general public, but information on individual patients is accessible only to qualified researchers who apply for such access through NIH. The launch of Framingham SHARe will provide the most robust test yet of the effectiveness of NIH's GWAS policy, which takes effect in January 2008 and establishes a 12-month period in which researchers submitting data have exclusive publishing rights over the information. That exclusivity window linkurl:drew the concern; of some scientists,...

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