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A PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases paper by investigators in Colombia relied on human genetic clues when considering the origin of leprosy in that country. Using three-dozen ancestry informative markers, the team tested samples from 118 leprosy-infected individuals and 116 leprosy-free controls from Colombia's Atlantic and Andean regions. It also did genotyping on the Mycobacterium leprae isolates involved in these infections.

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