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At the Beyond Genome meeting in San Francisco, Madhu Dhar talked about a gene, Atp10c, linked to diabetes and obesity that when silenced in mouse cell cultures, the cells have a 10-fold increase in their ability to uptake glucose. An added twist is that the gene is only active when inherited maternally; a paternally inherited version of the gene is epigenetically silenced, says Science News.

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