Experts link gene mutation to type 1 diabetes onset

03/6/2013 | (U.K.)

A mutation in the SIRT1 gene served as a common marker of autoimmune disease in a family with four members who had type 1 diabetes, Swiss researchers wrote in Cell Metabolism. Data from animal studies also showed deactivating the gene triggered pancreatic islet destruction, predisposing lab mice to a higher risk of diabetes.

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