Serious diseases genes revealed

A major advance in understanding the genetics behind several of the world's most common diseases has been reported. ... ... found new genetic variants for depression, Crohn's disease, coronary heart disease, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 and 2 diabetes. ... Many of the most common diseases are very complex, involving both 'nature' and 'nurture', genes interacting with our environment and lifestyles. By identifying the genes underlying these conditions, our study should enable scientists to understand better how disease occurs, which people are most at risk and, in time, to produce more effective, more personalised treatments.

2007-06-06

 diabetes DNA genetics disease health medicine

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