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Medical News & Perspectives
April 22/29, 1998

Two Generations of Data Aid Framingham's Focus on Genes

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JAMA. 1998;279(16):1245-1246. doi:10.1001/jama.279.16.1245-JMN0422-3-1

A HALF CENTURY AGO, it would have been unthinkable.

Take a traditional epidemiologic study aimed at finding the causes of cardiovascular disease and focus the search on the very genes that cause some people to be afflicted with hypertension and other conditions while others go through life never having to give their blood pressure or diet a second thought?

As the celebrated Framingham Heart Study passes the 50-year landmark, researchers analyzing its rich data collections have taken a definite turn to molecular genetics.