BALTIMORE (GenomeWeb) – A Mount Sinai-led team is mapping fine-scale population patterns in New York City to not only understand the city's past demographic dynamics, but also to design more precise population-specific disease studies and to tease apart genetic and environmental contributors to disease.

The researchers used identity-by-descent patterns to uncover hidden relationships between individuals enrolled in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai BioMe Biobank.

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