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First published Wednesday 25 May 2016.

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Professor Blackwell said it was hoped that other researchers would take up the challenge to replicate the study in other Aboriginal populations.

“That would provide stronger motivation for functional studies of these biochemical pathways to determine whether they provide targets for therapeutic interventions.

"We hope that much larger studies will be possible in the future so that they will be sufficiently wellpowered statistically to obtain unequivocal results.”