Searching for the Soul of the Genome

The discovery that a “gene desert” on chromosome 9 was a hotspot for coronary artery disease (CAD) risk was among the highlights of findings produced recently by genome-wide association studies, which compare the genomes of many people for genetic variations and have been broadly used in the past few years to study hundreds of diseases and complex traits. Gene deserts are large genomic segments devoid of genes. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

One of the co-authors of the study report is M. Geoffrey Rosenfeld, M.D., pictured at left. Dr. Rosenfeld is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Professor of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.