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Six new genes found that trigger diabetes

29 August 2011

CHENNAI: Scientists have found six new genes that trigger diabetes mellitus in South Asians. These genes are responsible for the early onset of diabetes in South Asians, including Indians. Scientists from the UK collaborated with doctors in India, Singapore, Pakistan, Mauritius and Sri Lanka on the study.

This is the first time studies have been conducted in South Asia, where more than 55 million people have diabetes, a majority of them from India and China. So far, scientists have discovered 42 genes associated with diabetes but all these studies were done on Europeans.

……New-Delhi-based Dr Dwaipayan Bharadwaj of Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology said this approach helps unravel complex gene relationships. “These studies don’t take into account environmental factors but reveal gene associations,” he said. Dr Bharadwaj is working on a GWAS study exclusively for Indians..

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Six-new-genes-found-that-trigger-diabetes/articleshow/9777286.cms

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August 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm

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