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December 11, 2013

From JAMA’s Daily News Site

JAMA. 2013;310(22):2388. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283958

Researchers from 5 institutions will explore whether subtle variations in the genetic makeup of ethnically diverse populations account for their differences in various health risks.

The National Institutes of Health is funding the work through the Population Architecture Using Genomics and Epidemiology program of the National Human Genome Research Institute. The investigators will use large epidemiological studies and data sets that include whites, blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Japanese Americans. Because population-related biological pathways often contribute to disease, examining many traits and diseases together gives a more thorough picture of the role of genetic variation.