Four Genes Found that Increase Type 2 Risk

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By Kathleen Blanchard RN for

Scientists know Type 2 diabetes risk is higher for people with gene variants, most of which have yet to be discovered. Researchers from the Center for Applied Genomics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have discovered 4 new genes that interact with environmental factors to raise the risk of developing diabetes that cross multiethnic groups.

The international study, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, is co-authored by Richa Saxena, Ph.D., from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Senior co-author Brendan J. Keating, Ph.D., of the Center for Applied Genomics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said in a press release that Type 2 diabetes genes cross into different ethnic groups.

Keating explains scientists have only identified about 10 percent of gene variations that contribute to the disease and most studies have been based on people from European ancestry. The new study incorporated people from African-American, Hispanic, Asian and European ancestry.

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