The Dots Come Closer

Electronic medical records are enabling researchers to connect the dots between genes and disease. A paper appearing in Nature Biotechnology from researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and elsewhere shows that such records can be used to replicate findings from genome-wide association studies — they replicated 51 of the 77 prior associations they examined — and uncover novel associations.

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