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Genetic link to osteoporosis identified

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A genetic risk factor for osteoporosis and bone fractures has been identified by Spanish researchers.

A study has found that the genetic variant 677C>T, a DNA sequence variation known as single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and very well known in genetic studies, is linked to osteoporotic verbal fractures which many women suffer after the menopause.

Of the 944 women studied those who displayed a double T gene combination in the genetic variant had double the risk of suffering from osteoporotic fractures than women with the other possible gene combinations (CT and CC).

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