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Center for Applied Genomics

Today's Research Becomes Tomorrows Cure

In findings that may speed the search for disease-causing genes, a new study challenges the prevailing view that common diseases are usually caused by common gene variants (mutations). Instead, say genetics researchers, the culprits may be numerous rare variants, located in DNA sequences farther away from the original "hot spots" than scientists have been accustomed to look.
Article by: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; May 26, 2010