NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (GenomeWeb News) - Thanks to a new genomics study, researchers may have finally found a firm link between certain genetic markers that appear to contribute to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, or stroke, according to a paper published this month in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, a journal published by The Endocrine Society. Such a link, while suspected, has never been proven.

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