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The Impact of Ancestry on the Development of Disease in Women

Narrator: This is Science Today. A first-of-its-kind genetic study to determine the impact of ancestry on the development of diseases in woman will be led by researchers at the University of California , Davis. The first part of the study involves women of African-American or European ancestry to pinpoint the location of genes linked to decreased bone mineral density, which is a measure for osteoporosis. Michael Seldin, Chair of the Rowe Program in Human Genetics at UC Davis who will lead the study, recently discovered distinct genetic profiles for Northern and Southern Europeans.

Seldin: This particular study was looking at whether there were differences or similarities among different populations derived from different European countries and we considered that this would be important because of the large number of studies that we're involved in as well, trying to find genes for complex human diseases.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.