NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A new meta-analysis has identified a handful of new and known loci with significant ties to lean body mass over some or all of the body.

Members of an international team brought together genotyping data for more than 100,000 individuals genotyped for dozens of past studies. Their initial search for variants related to overall lean body mass and lean body mass on the arms and legs led to 21 suspicious SNPs — a set they whittled down to eight main loci through replication analyses. 

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