New DNA-mapping techniques hone in on genetic disease roots

04/14/2006 | Wall Street Journal, The

Mapping DNA variations in people, coupled with microchips that can detect the differences, is 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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