Stanford Scientists Use Fruit Flies to Study Diabetes

The tiny fruit fly will help Stanford scientists study the complicated genetics of type 2 diabetes. (Dahanukar Lab/UC Riverside)

The tiny fruit fly will help Stanford scientists study the complicated genetics of type 2 diabetes. (Dahanukar Lab/UC Riverside)

An unusual patient is helping scientists study diabetes.

In a paper published today, Stanford researchers report a new way to use fruit flies to sort through the complicated genetics of Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes, once known as adult-onset diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes and affects millions of Americans. The condition is partly genetic, and past studies have uncovered many possible risk genes associated with the disease.

Problem is, scientists don’t understand enough about these genes to know which ones are the real culprits.

Read the entire article at KQED Science…

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