Rare Mutation Destroys Gene Associated With Type 2

A recent New York Times article reports that researchers have found a rare mutation that reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by two thirds, even in obese people.

The mutation destroys a gene called ZnT8, which is found in insulin-producing pancreatic cells. People who have the mutation were found over a lifetime to produce slightly more insulin and have slightly lower blood glucose levels compared to people who lack the mutation.

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