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Gene Variation for Obesity In Those of African Ancestry

An international team of scientists, including six from Vanderbilt University, has identified the first unique genetic determinants of body mass index (BMI) in people of African ancestry. Genetic variations associated with BMI have previously been identified through genome-wide association studies (GWAS) — examinations of genetic information — conducted in large groups of individuals of European and Asian descent.

But until now, this hadn’t been done in people of African ancestry.

In the current study, called a meta-analysis, the researchers pooled data from 36 GWAS involving more than 39,000 men and women of African ancestry.

Funding: Vanderbilt’s participation in the study was supported in part by National Institutes of Health grants CA068485 and CA092447.

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    I meant the fact that they don’t have genetic records from the population of africans taken from their origins - slave...
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    I remember talking to him about how medicine looks at people as numbers but not as connected bodies connected to a...
  5. stupiduglyfatcunt reblogged this from sparklingsodacans and added:
    Yep, seriously. That’s how you know they’re coming at this from a diet industry perspective. But yeah the medical...
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    And wasn’t BMI discovered to be a load of shit several years ago?
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    Science, health, medical
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