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Huge Human Gene Study Includes Penn State Research
September 5, 2012
The first integrated understanding of how the human genome functions will be published this week--the triumphant result of a collaborative five-year project called ENCODE, involving more than 440 researchers working in 32 labs worldwide. Penn State University's contribution involves using the new ENCODE data to help explain how genetic variants that do not affect the structure of encoded proteins could affect a person's susceptibility to disease.
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