Scientists from across Asia will launch a genetic study of the region's people in an effort to learn why some ethnic groups are more prone to certain diseases.
The study by the Human Genome Organization, or HUGO, will sample genetic make-ups of different societies across Asia beginning next year.
The data will enable scientists to compare genetic maps and find out if people prone to certain illnesses, such as childhood leukemia, have a common characteristic in their DNA set.
The study will also give scientists a genetic map of human history in Asia, showing how population groups migrated through the region.
Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.