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Genomic Detectives Crack the Case of the Missing Heritability

February 22, 2013

researchers mated two yeast strains Despite years of research, the genetic factors behind many human diseases and characteristics remain unknown, and have been called the "missing heritability" problem. A new study by Princeton University researchers, however, suggests that heritability in humans may be hidden due only to the limitations of modern research tools, but could be discovered if scientists know where (and how) to look. Full Story

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