Scientists Identify Genes Associated With Osteoporosis

by Rajshri on  May 5, 2010 at 7:14 PM Genetics & Stem Cells News
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20 genes associated with osteoporosis and bone weakness, including 13 genes never previously associated with the disease, have been identified by researchers at Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.
 Scientists Identify Genes Associated With Osteoporosis
Scientists Identify Genes Associated With Osteoporosis
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Osteoporosis is a highly heritable trait, but this marks the largest international effort to conclusively identify genes linked to the often-devastating bone disorder.

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The study's co-first author is Dr. J. Brent Richards of the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, who collaborated with more than 30 co-authors worldwide.

The results were published recently in the journal Nature Genetics.

The researchers reviewed data collected from nearly 20,000 individuals in five recent international genetic studies.

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