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In this week's Nature, a team led by Imperial College London researchers presents data showing that changes in DNA methylation patterns can be used to identify people at higher risk of developing type II diabetes. In their epigenome-wide association study, the investigators uncovered DNA methylation changes associated with body-mass index.

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