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NIH Research Matters

November 19, 2012

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Dozens of Genes Linked to Bowel Diseases

Researchers have discovered more than 70 new human genes associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis—forms of chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affect nearly 2.5 million people worldwide.

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Cataloging Human Genetic Variation

The world's largest, most detailed catalog of human genetic variation—used by disease researchers around the world—has more than doubled in size. The resource will provide deeper insights into the genomic basis of human disease.

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Brain Wave Synchronization Key to Working Visual Memory

Short-term memories are stored as synchronized signals between 2 key brain hubs, according to a new study in monkeys. The findings show for the first time how the brain stores visual information for working memory tasks.

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Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
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NIH Research Matters is a weekly update of NIH research highlights from the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health.

This page last reviewed on December 3, 2012

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