NEW YORK, Oct 5 – Irish genomics company HiberGen plans to conduct local population studies in an effort to gain a better understanding of the role SNPs play in diseases such as arthritis, diabetic nephropathy, and pre-eclampsia, HiberGen’s chief scientific officer said Thursday.

HiberGen also announced that an Irish biotech company bought one-third of the company.

“The reason for using the Irish population is because it’s relatively homogenous, which can help to eliminate background noise,” Pat Vaughan told GenomeWeb.

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