Missing molecule raises diabetes risk in humans

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 06:00 in Health & Medicine

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego say an evolutionary gene mutation that occurred in humans millions of years ago and our subsequent inability to produce a specific kind of sialic acid molecule appears to make people more vulnerable to developing type 2 diabetes, especially if they’re overweight.

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