The missing link between genes and disease: Discovery of protein quantitative trait loci using high-plex protein profiling

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The ability to sequence the human genome has enabled researchers to identify genetic variants associated with disease risk, but identifying causal genes or mechanisms has proven to be much more difficult. Genes provide the blueprints to make proteins, which are essential functional molecules of the human body. Mutations of proteins and disruption of protein networks can cause diseases, which is why proteins are the target molecules for over 90% of approved therapeutics.

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