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The Romani, the largest European minority group with approximately 11 million people, constitute a mosaic of languages, religions, and lifestyles while sharing a distinct social heritage. Linguistic and genetic studies have located the Romani origins in the Indian subcontinent. However, a genome-wide perspective on Romani origins and population… (More)
Vlad III The Impaler, also known as Dracula, descended from the dynasty of Basarab, the first rulers of independent Wallachia, in present Romania. Whether this dynasty is of Cuman (an admixed Turkic people that reached Wallachia from the East in the 11(th) century) or of local Romanian (Vlach) origin is debated among historians. Earlier studies have… (More)
Pharmacogenomics aims to correlate inter-individual differences of drug efficacy and/or toxicity with the underlying genetic composition, particularly in genes encoding for protein factors and enzymes involved in drug metabolism and transport. In several European populations, particularly in countries with lower income, information related to the prevalence… (More)
Insulin-like growth factor-2 (IGF-2) is a mitogen, growth and differentiation modulator for many cell types. It is mainly expressed during the prenatal development, and its activity strongly depends on the genomic imprinting. Genomic imprinting in the chorionic tissues of spontaneously eliminated human embryos has been studied on the model of 820-AG (Apa1)… (More)
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