NEW YORK, May 24 – Eric Lander and others showed in a May 10 Nature paper that the size of blocks of SNPs in the human genome are significantly larger than previously believed.  

“If you read the literature before, you may have thought [using linkage disequilibrium to map disease-causing genes] wasn’t worth doing, it was too hard,” Lander, director of the Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research, told GenomeWeb. “These results have a huge impact on the field of using genetic markers such as SNPs to find disease genes.

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