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An unusual patient is helping scientists study diabetes.

In a recently published paper, Stanford researchers report a new way to use fruit flies to sort through the complicated genetics of Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes, once known as adult-onset diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes and affects millions of Americans. The condition is partly genetic, and past studies have uncovered many possible risk genes associated with the disease.

"Moving forward, Kim will use his fruit fly system to study the many human genes associated with Type 2 diabetes. His experiments will help researchers prioritize which genes to focus on in more challenging experimental systems — such as mouse and human cells — to ultimately develop new approaches to treating diabetes."

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