Nancy Cox, PhD, section chief of Genetic Medicine at the University of Chicago and co-senior author of the PLOS Genetics report, adds, "Despite the fact that we confirm there is shared genetic liability between these two disorders, we also show there are notable differences in the types of genetic variants that contribute to risk.
Cox is a professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, and Davis a research assistant professor at the University of Chicago.
"We've really only begun to scratch the surface of what these kinds of pedigrees can tell us," Nancy Cox, a human geneticist at the University of Chicago, told Nature.
In addition to human demographics and population expansions, the family trees could eventually be linked to medical or DNA data, for more health-based inquiry.
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