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Genetic Interactions Are the Key to Understanding Complex Traits

January 22, 2009

researcher collecting yeast samples Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., have shown they can tease apart a complex genetic trait to reveal the precise genetic variations that combined to produce it. The research suggests scientists need better statistical models to understand how genetic interactions influence the risk of common diseases. Full Story

Washington University School of Medicine

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