Type-2 diabetes: not just for adults anymore.

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So-called 'adult onset diabetes' is now being found in children. Type-2 diabetes, in which the pancreas stops producing insulin needed to metabolise sugars, is believed to be associated with a rich diet and a lack of exercise.

It affects more than 170 million people world-wide and the numbers are growing such that it has been described as the 'health epidemic of the 21st century'.

But researchers say they have mapped the genetic structure of people prone to the condition so their predisposition can be detected early.

Mapping the genome involves creating a genetic profile of a group of patients and comparing it with that of healthy individuals.

Researchers with Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG, Lurid University and The Broad Institute...

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