advertisement

Genetics

17 February 2011

Dwarfism mutation protects against cancer, diabetes

A genetic mutation that causes a type of dwarfism may also protect against cancer and diabetes, a new study finds.

A genetic mutation that causes a type of dwarfism may also protect against cancer and diabetes, a new study finds.

For 22 years, the researchers followed about 100 people with Laron syndrome and 1,600 of their normal-stature relatives. During that time, no one with Laron syndrome developed diabetes and only one person got cancer, while 5% of their relatives were diagnosed with diabetes and 17% with cancer.

 

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.