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New characterization of the human genome's ability to mutate catalyzes biomedical research
August 19, 2013
As biomedical researchers continue to make progress toward the realization of personalized genomic medicine, their focus is increasingly tuned to highly mutable regions of the human genome that contribute significantly to genetic variation as well as many inherited disorders.
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