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The ultimate goal of the DISCOVER Centers is to use scientific methods that are unique to environmental health sciences to further understand human health and disease.
To accomplish this, we will focus our initial efforts in four broad areas of environmental health sciences: basic research to understand how environmental exposures fundamentally alter human biology; human health and diseases that are caused at least in part by environmental exposures, and the use of environmental exposures to understand the etiology and pathogenesis of complex human diseases; global environmental health initiatives that support research programs to understand the health risks for populations that are excessively exposed as well as their solutions; and training and education efforts to develop comprehensive approaches that integrate environmental health sciences with related disciplines in basic science, computational biology, medicine, and public health.
Scientific breakthroughs provide new insights into the genetic basis of health and disease, while analytical advances allow the identification and measurement of previously unrecognized threats.

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