Diabetes risk gene may be inherited from Neanderthals

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Gene variant that increases the risk of diabetes in Latin Americans may have been inherited from Neanderthals. Thinkstock Gene variant that increases the risk of diabetes in Latin Americans may have been inherited from Neanderthals. Thinkstock
SummaryThe variant is found in about 20 per cent of East Asians and is rare in Europe and Africa.

with Neanderthal.

The researchers went on to show that altering the levels of the SLC16A11 protein can change the amount of a type of fat that has previously been implicated in the risk of diabetes.

These findings have led the team to hypothesise that SLC16A11 may be involved in the transport of an unknown metabolite that affects fat levels in cells and thereby increases risk of type 2 diabetes.

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