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Inheritance plays an important role in the cause of diabetes. A considerable amount of research is devoted to defining the genes involved in the aetiology of this widespread disease. This information is crucial if we are to improve our methods of preventing and treating diabetes. Over the last 25 years there have been considerable advances in our understanding of the genetics of both type 1 (insulin dependent) and type 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetes. Important discoveries have been made in dissecting the genes involved in a rare monogenic form of type 2 diabetes, which has become a paradigm for genetic studies of type 2 diabetes. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Practical Diabetes International

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