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The Healthy Nevada Project is a now years-long effort to study the health of people living in the northern portion of Nevada, bounded by the Sierra on one side and the deserts of Utah on the other. It includes the city of Reno, but most of the population is rural. And it’s almost entirely serviced by one healthcare network, Renown Health, which is running the study alongside the Desert Research Institute.

“Most of the people in this huge region go to just one hospital that has been collecting pretty good data over a long period of time,” Joe Grzysmki, the project lead at the Desert Research Initiative, told Gizmodo. “That makes this a pretty good place to study the total health of a population. We want to create a complete population health portrait. And one of those components is genetics.”

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