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Breakthroughs in Georgia: Pinpointing type 1 diabetes

How did Type 1 diabetes become such a national scourge? Why are so many children and adults handed a life sentence of insulin injections and endless monitoring of food and exercise? The answer lies in genetics and environment. Augusta University's Jin-Xiong She is undertaking a massive study – one that ultimately will span decades – to examining both genetics and environment. Some 9,000 children who have a gene are that places them at risk for Type 1 diabetes are enrolled in the study in seven countries around the world. They are being carefully monitored up until the age of 15.

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