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Date:8/6/2008

ome that impact bone mineral density (BMD) and predispose to fracturing of bones. BMD is a principal measure of the presence and severity of osteoporosis, a common, progressive and often debilitating condition in which bones become thinner and more prone to fracture, even from minor falls or blows. As an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine points out, although BMD has long been known to have a significant inherited component, these are the first validated and replicated genetic variants ever linked to BMD through a genome-wide scan of SNPs. Although these variants confer an increase in risk that is in the range of 5-15% compared to non-carriers of the variants, they are all quite common and so may account for a sizable proportion of the inherited component of low BMD.

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deCODE is a biopharmaceutical company applying its discoveries in human genetics to the development of diagnostics and drugs for common diseases. deCODE is a global leader in gene discovery -- our population approach and resources have enabled us to isolate key genes contributing to major public health challenges from cardiovascular disease to cancer, genes that are providing us with drug targets rooted in the basic biology of disease. Through its CLIA-registered laboratory, deCODE is offering a growing range of DNA-based tests for gauging risk and empowering prevention of common diseases, including deCODE T2(TM) for type 2 diabetes; deCODE AF(TM) for atrial fibrillation and stroke; deCODE MI(TM) for heart attack; deCODE ProCa(TM) for prostate cancer; and deCODE Glaucoma(TM) for a major type of glaucoma. deCODE is delivering on the promise of the new genetics.(SM) Visit us on the web at http://www.decode.com; on our diagnostics site at http://www.decodediagnostics.com; and, for our pioneering personal genome analysis service, at

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