Towards an understanding of the genetic causes of diabetes

People develop Type 1 diabetes when their immune system specifically seeks out and destroys the insulin-producing ß-cells in their pancreas. The interaction of environmental factors with a number of gene variants results in the immune disturbance which causes the condition. In this article, Tony Merriman looks at the approaches used to identify the genes which make a person susceptible to Type 1 diabetes.
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beta cells, antigens, genetics, genes, insulin, CTLA-4, HapMap Project