Non-coding DNA key contributor to type 2 diabetes

January 14, 2014 11:17 AM

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DNA sequences that don’t encode proteins were once dismissed as ‘junk DNA’, but scientists are increasingly discovering that some regions are important for controlling which genes are switched on.

Many studies have identified regions of the genome where variations are linked to diabetes risk, but the function of many of these regions is unknown, making it difficult for scientists to glean insights into how and why the disease develops.

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