Stanford Center for Urologic Genomics: Genomic Analysis of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) entails growth in the central regions of the prostate gland and is common among older men. BPH obstructs urinary outflow, resulting in voiding symptoms for which current treatments that target prostate physiology are only partially effective. A better understanding of BPH may suggest new treatment strategies that target its pathophysiology. The overall goal of the study is to apply next-generation sequencing-based approaches to investigate BPH, to discover new insight into BPH disease processes and new targets for precision therapy, and to determine whether the hyperplasia reflects underlying clonal expansions of prostatic cells.