Phase VI – Genomic Studies (2009–2015)

A. Gene-environment interaction of PON1 and sarin

  1. Preliminary studies links Gulf War illness to sarin [References]
  2. Confirmatory study in national sample strongly links Gulf War illness to sarin

B. Baseline RNA gene expression study – identified a possible reason for the high rate of brain cancer in ill Gulf War veterans, but failed to identify a diagnostic test for Gulf War illness itself.

C. Stimulated RNA gene expression (awaiting funding)

D. Genome-wide association study (awaiting funding)

Phase VI-A was funded by an IDIQ research contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs; VI-B, by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, DOD.