Why some people are more susceptible to diabetes

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including one of an Indian-origin, have identified a gene that could explain why some people are more susceptible to diabetes.

The gene, found in tests on obese mice, controls tomosyn-2 and acts as a brake on insulin secretion from the pancreas.

`It`s too early for us to know how relevant this gene will be to human diabetes, but the concept of negative regulation is one of the most interesting things to come out of this study and that very likely applies to humans,` says lead researcher Alan Attie.

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The researchers found tomosyn-2 while searching for genes that contribute to diabetes susceptibility in obese mice.

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