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In the early, online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team from the UK, China, Denmark, Japan, and the US report on findings from a genome sequencing study of the sand rat, Psammomys obesus, a desert gerbil from North Africa and the Middle East that is prone to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and pancreatic failure in carbohydrate-rich environments.

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