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Gene identified as risk for type one diabetes

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Scientists say they have discovered another gene that raises the risk for type one diabetes.

The latest research from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and McGill University adds to four genes already identified for the disease, in which the immune system attacks cells that produce insulin, making patients dependent on insulin injections.

The newly-discovered gene appears to be active in immune cells. Studies are ongoing.

The ulitmate goal for researchers, of course, is to develop new drugs to fight the disease.

Additional Information:
Scientists studied the genomes of 1,046 children with type one diabetes for this research.