Two For One

Researchers at the Federal Polytechnic School in Lausanne, Switzerland, have killed two birds with one stone, so to speak. By knocking out the NCoR1 gene in mice, the researchers identified potential therapeutic avenues for both muscle-wasting diseases and type 2 diabetes, reports New Scientist's Andy Coghlan.

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