Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Heart and Liver Disease: Deciphering Metabolic and Genetic Connections

June 13, 2013

The human genetic code is 99.9 percent identical. What makes people individuals, genetically speaking, equates to .1 percent of their individual genetic make-up and accounts for thousands of differentiations at the molecular level.  Deciphering those differentiations or polymorphisms and their involvement in the development of disease is the work of scientists like Karen Corbin, PhD, RD, and Brian Bennett, PhD, both with the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute. They are zeroing in on the specific genetic variations that will explain the biological mechanisms that cause two seemingly unrelated diseases- fatty liver and atherosclerosis, better known as hardening of the arteries. Read the full story.

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