NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers from the Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) consortium have linked some 140 spots in the human genome to body-mass index or waist and hip measurements.

In a pair of papers appearing today in Nature, the international consortium described their meta-analyses that drew on hundreds of thousands of people to uncover genetic loci associated with BMI or with waist and hip measurements, both of which are indicators of obesity and risk of related diseases like type 2 diabetes.

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