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21 - 04 - 2016

Are type 1 and 2 diabetes connected to the same genetic defect ?

A study conducted both in mice and patients indicates there is a genetic predisposition to the development of type 1 and 2 diabetes. Indeed, in some mice, insulin-secreting cells are incapable of repairing damage to their DNA. This would trigger type 1 or 2 diabetes when stressed. Impairment of these processes has been also observed in patients. This work opens the path to the discovery of new treatments.