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In PLoS Biology this week, Duke University researcher David Goldstein and his co-workers report that "synthetic associations" between rare and common variants may be behind the results of some genome-wide association studies. The conclusion is based on the team's simulation experiments as well as GWAS of sickle cell anemia and hearing loss. "[E]ven those signals that have been detected for common variants could, in principle, come from the effect of rare ones," they write.

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