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Fine-scale genetic ancestry as a potential new tool for precision medicine

Fine-scale population structure can predict complex disease risk within groups better than self-reported race and ethnicity labels.

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Tatonetti, N.P., Elhadad, N. Fine-scale genetic ancestry as a potential new tool for precision medicine. Nat Med 27, 1152–1153 (2021).

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