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Genome Scans: Impatient for the Payoff

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Science  24 Apr 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5926, pp. 448
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_448

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A simmering debate in the genomics community about research strategy went public last week in commentaries published online by the New England Journal of Medicine. A central disagreement concerns the likely value of genomewide association studies to gauge inherited risks of developing common diseases. The discussion comes at a time when the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute is asking scientists to help set its course in a new 5-year road map.