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Nature. 2009 Nov 19;462(7271):307-14. doi: 10.1038/nature08532.

Human genetics illuminates the paths to metabolic disease.

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  • 1University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories, Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK.


Metabolic diseases represent a growing threat to world-wide public health. In general, these disorders result from the interaction of heritable factors with environmental influences. Here, I will focus on two important metabolic disorders, namely type 2 diabetes and obesity, and explore the extent to which human molecular genetic research has illuminated our understanding of their underlying pathophysiological mechanisms.

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