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Fat and Thin

Deep Sequencing of Candidate Genes Finds Anorexia Suspect

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Friday, September 13, 2013
Using an approach that is complementary to genomewide association studies (GWAS), researchers have identified the cholesterol metabolism gene EPHX2 as playing a role in anorexia. The origin of anorexia, like many psychiatric disorders, is complex. Environmental factors and societal notions of beauty clearly play a role. But the disorder also has a genetic component. It is heritable, and twin studies suggest that genetics actually play a larger role than environment.

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