TGen and USC researchers find genetic markers to help fight diabetes

June 16, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Steve Yozwiak, Genetic Engineering News] – Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) scientists have identified five genetic biomarkers that could help lead to improved treatments, with fewer side-effects, for patients with diabetes.

TGen Senior Investigator Dr. Johanna DiStefano presented the findings in New Orleans on June 6, 2009, at the 69th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.

“We identified genetic variants that may predict how well someone will respond to the common anti-diabetes drug, Actos,” said Dr. DiStefano, Director of TGen’s Diabetes, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Diseases Division. “The implications of these findings include determining which patients will best respond to the drug for the prevention or treatment of diabetes. In addition, this work lays the foundation for personalized medicine for patients with this disease.”

Personalized medicine involves the rapid application of laboratory discoveries to therapies, depending on the individual genetic make-up of each patient.

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