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Vol. 71, No. 1, 2011
Issue release date: April 2011
Section title: Original Paper
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Hum Hered 2011;71:1–10

Genome-Wide Linkage Screen for Systolic Blood Pressure in the Veterans Administration Genetic Epidemiology Study (VAGES) of Mexican-Americans and Confirmation of a Major Susceptibility Locus on Chromosome 6q14.1

Puppala S.a · Coletta D.K.e, f · Schneider J.a · Hu S.L.b · Farook V.S.a · Dyer T.D.a · Arya R.c · Blangero J.a · Duggirala R.a · DeFronzo R.A.b, d · Jenkinson C.P.a, b, d
aSouthwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, bSouth Texas Veterans Health Care System, and Divisions of cClinical Epidemiology and dDivision of Diabetes, Department of Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Tex., and eCenter for Metabolic Biology, and fSchool of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., USA
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Christopher P. Jenkinson, PhD

Division of Diabetes, Department of Medicine

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

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