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A University of Pennsylvania-led team introduces software for teasing out the effects of non-coding variants found in genome-wide association studies. The approach — called "Inferring the molecular mechanisms of noncoding genetic variants," or INFERNO — quantifies tissue-specific enhancers and other regulatory features using statistical methods informed by transcription factor, expression quantitative trait locus, and other functional genomic datasets, the researchers explain.

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