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Genetic studies of body mass index yield new insights for obesity biology
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A genome-wide association study and Metabochip meta-analysis of body mass index (BMI), a measure commonly used to define obesity and assess adiposity, in up to 339,224 individuals provide strong support for a role of the central nervous system in obesity susceptibility.
Biological, Clinical, and Population Relevance of 95 Loci for Blood Lipids
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The results identify several novel loci associated with plasma lipids that are also associated with CAD and provide the foundation to develop a broader biological understanding of lipoprotein metabolism and to identify new therapeutic opportunities for the prevention of CAD.
Association analyses of 249,796 individuals reveal 18 new loci associated with body mass index
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18 new loci associated with body mass index are identified, one of which includes a copy number variant near GPRC5B, and genes in other newly associated loci may provide new insights into human body weight regulation.
New genetic loci implicated in fasting glucose homeostasis and their impact on type 2 diabetes risk
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It is demonstrated that genetic studies of glycemic traits can identify type 2 diabetes risk loci, as well as loci containing gene variants that are associated with a modest elevation in glucose levels but are not associated with overt diabetes.
Genome-wide association analyses identify 44 risk variants and refine the genetic architecture of major depression
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A genome-wide association meta-analysis of individuals with clinically assessed or self-reported depression identifies 44 independent and significant loci and finds important relationships of genetic risk for major depression with educational attainment, body mass, and schizophrenia.
Hundreds of variants clustered in genomic loci and biological pathways affect human height
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It is shown that hundreds of genetic variants, in at least 180 loci, influence adult height, a highly heritable and classic polygenic trait, and indicates that GWA studies can identify large numbers of loci that implicate biologically relevant genes and pathways.
Genome-wide association study identifies 74 loci associated with educational attainment
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Because educational attainment is measured in large numbers of individuals, it will continue to be useful as a proxy phenotype in efforts to characterize the genetic influences of related phenotypes, including cognition and neuropsychiatric diseases.
Sequence variants at CHRNB3–CHRNA6 and CYP2A6 affect smoking behavior
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Among the genes at the two newly associated loci are genes encoding nicotine-metabolizing enzymes (CYP2A6 and CYP2B6) and nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunits (CHRNB3 and CHRNA6), all of which have been highlighted in previous studies of smoking and nicotine dependence.
Identification of seven loci affecting mean telomere length and their association with disease
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A genome-wide meta-analysis of 37,684 individuals with replication of selected variants in an additional 10,739 individuals supports a causal role of telomere-length variation in some age-related diseases.
Association studies of up to 1.2 million individuals yield new insights into the genetic etiology of tobacco and alcohol use
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Evidence is reported for the involvement of many systems in tobacco and alcohol use, including genes involved in nicotinic, dopaminergic, and glutamatergic neurotransmission, which provide a solid starting point to evaluate the effects of these loci in model organisms and more precise substance use measures.
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