DNA-mapping technology used to examine genetic disease roots

04/14/2006 | Wall Street Journal, The

New tools -- mapping DNA variations in people coupled with the use of microchips that can detect the differences -- are part of an effort to uncover the genetic roots of common diseases such as depression and obesity. Scientists are beginning to suspect many genes are involved in some complex disorders, and new techniques to identify voluminous DNA variants at once allow identification of "whole-genome association" much more quickly.

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