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Diverse Ancestries Yield More Predictive Genetic Risk Scores for Heart Disease

A genome-wide association study (GWAS) on 120 primary studies including 1.65 million participants including nearly 350,000 participants from non-European ancestries, shows including participants of diverse ancestries facilitates the identification of genomic variants that are more strongly associated with cardiovascular diseases. The authors noted, trans-ancestry GWAS will help identify effector genes and allow for accelerated biological insight and identification of potential drug targets.