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Nature. 2004 May 27;429(6990):475-7.

The case for a US prospective cohort study of genes and environment.

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National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Room 4B09, MSC 2152, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2152, USA.


Information from the Human Genome Project will be vital for defining the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to health and disease. Well-designed case-control studies of people with and without a particular disease are essential for this, but rigorous and unbiased conclusions about the causes of diseases and their population-wide impact will require a representative population to be monitored over time (a prospective cohort study). The time is right for the United States to consider such a project.

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