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Icelanders boost medical research by donating their DNA to science
Icelanders boost medical research by donating their DNA to science

Scientists who sequenced the entire genomes of 2,636 people in Iceland have produced a trove of valuable information about the nature, location and frequency of human genetic variations. The new research not only sheds light on the range of human genetic variability; it will help researchers draw more direct lines between genes and diseases. For instance, genetic abnormalities long thought to guarantee early death now appear to be more common than previously believed, the researchers found. They also discovered new genetic contributors to such varied afflictions as Alzheimer's disease, liver disease and atrial fibrillation. These and other findings appeared in a package of...

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