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Three gene variants boost diabetes risk

From Washington, D.C., at a meeting of the American Diabetes Association

In a large study, researchers have linked small variations in three genes to type 2 diabetes. The information may prove useful in the development of a screening method to determine who is most likely to develop the disease.

Earlier, smaller studies had associated the three gene variants with type 2 diabetes. Valeriya Lyssenko of Lund University in Malmö, Sweden, and her colleagues set out to determine whether detecting common forms, or alleles, of nine diabetes-linked genes could predict who would develop the disease among a large population.

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