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.