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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers have developed a polygenic score that can predict, at birth, someone's genetic risk of becoming obese later.

In the US, nearly 40 percent of adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While obesity is often attributed to unhealthy lifestyle choices, it is also heritable, suggesting that genetic variants influence a person's risk of becoming obese.

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