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From a meta-analysis of 14 genome-wide association study datasets, a team led by researchers from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found two new loci linked to childhood obesity. As the team reports in Nature Genetics, they examined 2.7 million SNPs at seven loci that had previously been linked to adult body mass index. One new locus is near OLFM4 and the other is within HOXB5.

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