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Google, American Heart Association Announce Joint Research Effort
Wall Street Journal

Alphabet Inc. ’s Google Life Sciences unit and the American Heart Association announced a five-year, $50 million collaboration intended to bring new approaches to research into the causes, treatment and prevention of heart disease.

Each party will contribute $25 million to the initiative, which will support research by the work of a single team drawn from a variety disciplines across medicine, engineering and technology. A leadership group composed of members from both sides plans to select a person to head the effort early next year.

The agreement, announced Sunday at the AHA’s annual scientific meeting, represents Google’s latest foray into life-sciences research. Among other moves: last year’s launch of what it calls a baseline study, an effort to collect data on individuals’ genetic and physical traits to come up with a description of a healthy human being.