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A Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-led team identifies dozens of genetic loci linked to longitudinal pediatric bone accrual using genome-wide association study, variant-to-gene mapping, and functional approaches. With some 11,000 bone scans done on healthy children and adolescents over time, the researchers considered bone accrual in relation to individuals' genotypes.

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