New Diabetes Gene Discovered

Have you heard about the new gene discovered that’s implicated in the cause of Type 2 diabetes?

Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center used laboratory mice to show that alterations in a gene called ARNT (aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator) — that is vital for normal embryo development, and controls other genes — correlates closely with all prevalence of Type 2 diabetes.

What this signifies is that the ARNT gene may be critical in generating (and hopefully curing) Type 2 diabetes.

“ARNT is the first gene identified to become abnormal from the pancreatic islet cells, the cells which make insulin, in individuals with the frequent kind of Type 2 diabetes,” said study leader Dr. C. Ronald Kahn.

Dr. Robert Rizza, president of the American Diabetes Association, said: “It’s very likely this disease is not likely to be caused by a single gene. The frequent kind of diabetes appears to be caused by multiple genes interacting”

But Rizza adds: “it is an essential finding. By altering a couple of genes which play a role in the evolution of diabetes, you may have the ability to cure it.”

Hope springs eternal. Read the whole story HERE.

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