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In Nature last week, Massachusetts General Hospital's Daniel MacArthur wrote an opinion article saying false positives are a given in genomic research. Researchers and journals are eager to publish interesting results, he said, however, "two processes conspire to delude ambitious genomicists" — one being the size of the genome, which causes unusual events to occur frequently and the second being the nuances of high-throughput technology, which can lead to errors that can be misinterpreted.

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