New international research defends genome-wide association studies

Oz Research of Note (in progress)

Since 2005, genome-wide association studies have successfully identified thousands of genes responsible for common human diseases.

Despite these impressive genetic discoveries, criticism has been aimed at these kinds of studies for a lack of immediate therapeutic results, uncertain biological significance of findings, and because the majority of genetic variants associated with common diseases remain unidentified.

An international study including two Australians addresses these criticisms and defends the contribution of genome-wide studies.

Professor Peter Visscher and Professor Matthew Brown, The University of Queensland

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