By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A pair of meta-analyses appearing in the early online version of Nature Genetics this week provide a peek at some of the genetic factors underlying fat distribution and obesity — and suggest the traits stem from different sets of common variants.

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