Gene variants influence insulin production
A new analytical tool has found three previously unknown gene variants relevant to diabetes, and researchers say it also may be useful in unraveling other complex diseases like obesity and cancer. In research published online December 23 in Nature Genetics, scientists say the relatively rare genetic variants influence insulin production,a finding that could offer new clues about the genetic factors behind diabetes. The study included participants from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine (home to the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center), the University of Michigan (home to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center), and the University of Eastern Finland.
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