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Individuals and Populations Differ in Gene Activity Levels
March 1, 2007
The level at which genes are activated in humans differs from one person to another. Though some of those differences are seen between different populations--Asians versus Europeans, for instance--more of those variations are due to individual-level factors, scientists have found. The findings could have major implications for medical research, as differing levels of gene activity may affect someone's susceptibility to a disease or response to a drug.
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