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Indigenous, Mestizo Mexicans Five Times More Likely to Develop Type 2 Diabetes

Oscar Lopez - Latin Times
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August 17, 2014

An important genetic study of type 2 diabetes among the Mexican population identified a gene present in the country's mestizos and indigenous population which suggests they maybe five times more likely to of develop the disease compared to other populations of the world. The research involved experts from the Broad Institute (Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and the National Institutes of Nutrition and Biomedical Research, UNAM.

The results were reported in June in the "Journal of the American Medical Association." The publication indicates that the gene SLC16A11 is present in 30 percent of the mestizo population and up to 50 percent of the Mexican indigenous population. Analysis of genetic sequencing was directed by Mexican Karol Estrada, who works for the Broad Institute in Boston, where he has ten colaborators. DNA samples were taken from 8,000 people, half of them based in Mexico City and the other in Los Angeles.

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