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Individuals and Populations Differ in Gene Activity Levels

March 1, 2007

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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. Full Story

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