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EU funded projects are pioneering the development of techniques for population genetics and performing large population studies on the genetic predisposition to major diseases. Support is also provided for development of harmonization protocols and for collection, storage and management of patient samples and of genetic data across Europe. Recognizing the power of population-based approaches to study genetic susceptibility for disease, between 2002 and 2008, the European Commission's Framework Programmes for RTD have provided more than 60 million to collaborative research projects in this area.