A nationwide gene testing study is taking place right here in Grand Rapids.

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health are hoping it's a way to speed up medical research especially for life-threatening illnesses.

The research program is called All of Us and it's being conducted through the National Institutes of Health.

Spectrum Health is one of the research sites. The program is expected to last ten years. Dave Chesla is the director of Spectrum Health research Operations. He talked about the program Tuesday on My West Michigan.