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Association of the FTO rs9939609 polymorphism with obesity in Roma/Gypsy population.
Author(s): Mačeková S, Bernasovský I, Gabriková D, Bôžiková A, Bernasovská J, Boroňová I, Behulová R, Svíčková P, Petrejčíková E, Soták M

The rs9939609 SNP located in the first intron of the fat mass and obesity associated gene (FTO) has been found to be associated with common obesity mainly in populations of European descent. The Roma/Gypsy population as an ethnic minority of Asian Indian origin is well known for its adverse health status with a high prevalence of obesity.

Unique frequencies of HFE gene variants in Roma/Gypsies.
Author(s): Gabriková D, Bernasovská J, Mačeková S, Bôžiková A, Bernasovský I, Bališinová A, Sovičová A, Behulová R, Petrejčíková E

The aim of this study was to assess the frequencies of three hemochromatosis gene (HFE) mutations in ethnic Roma/Gypsies in Slovakia. A cohort of 367 individuals representing general population and not preselected for health status was genotyped by TaqMan real-time PCR assay for C282Y, H63D and S65C mutations in HFE gene