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Genetic Factors in Type 2 Diabetes: The End of the Beginning?

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Science  21 Jan 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5708, pp. 370-373
DOI: 10.1126/science.1104346

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The intensive search for genetic variants that predispose to type 2 diabetes was launched with optimism, but progress has been slower than was hoped. Even so, major advances have been made in the understanding of monogenic forms of the disease which together represent a substantial health burden, and a few common gene variants that influence susceptibility have now been unequivocally identified. Armed with a better understanding of the tools needed to detect such genes, it seems inevitable that the rate of progress will increase and the relevance of genetic information to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diabetes will become increasingly tangible.

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