Latest Human genetic variation Stories
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Scientists have found clusters of new gene variants that raise the risk of Type 2 diabetes - and how the researchers did it is as important as what they found.
In several papers published this week in Nature, Nature Genetics, PLoS Biology and Genome Research, Broad researchers and an international set of collaborators announce substantial advances in relating human genetic variation to disease and understanding human evolutionary history.
A comprehensive map of human genetic variation, published today in the journal Nature, is not only a major achievement by the International HapMap Consortium, but it also opens the door to future efforts that could pinpoint the changes that actually alter the way genes work, said the Baylor College of Medicine researcher who led the local HapMap effort.
A major scientific step in the field of genetics is set to speed up the search for the causes of common illnesses ranging from heart disease and cancer to Alzheimer's and asthma, researchers said on Wednesday. They have completed a map that charts patterns of human genetic variation in the world population, to better understand human biology, evolution and how to diagnose diseases.
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