A note from Dr. Patrick Carnes:
A few weeks ago I was in Canada at the University of Alberta. They have an incredible DNA lab in the medical school. It was overwhelming to see how much has to happen for this project to work. However, it was a thrill to see our collective work start going through the lab and that the results were in keeping with what we expected at this stage.
The first stage has to demonstrate that it is in fact a valid sample. So a comparison is made with various known DNA to validate it is good DNA data. Once the DNA dataset is validated, we begin to analyze the differences.
At the same time, the University invited 20,000 students to participate as a control group in hopes of getting 1,500 controls. Five hundred volunteered in the first week. Not all will pass the hurdles to qualify, but the real possibility exists that we may have our control group dataset before we have all the addicts.
We will continue our collections and plan to see things moving steadily into the new year.