This Week in PLoS

In PLoS Genetics this week, researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland and their colleagues report their elucidation of novel candidate genes for obesity, which they found by mining the "gray zone" of data from genome-wide association studies. Using their method, the team was able to infer the "causality of genes with obesity by employing a unique set of monozygotic twin pairs [13] discordant for BMI," they write.

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