This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature Genetics, a team led by Whitehead Institute researchers report the results of a genome-wide analysis linking short tandem repeats (STRs) to gene expression variation in humans. In the study, the investigators examined genomic data from 311 Europeans whose lymphoblastoid cell line expression profiles had been analyzed as part of the gEUVADIS project and whose whole genomes had been sequenced by the 1000 Genomes Project.

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