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UAB Finds Evidence of New Genes Associated with Metabolic Health in Native Alaskans

A recent study led by Dr. Stella Aslibekyan, assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, sought to identify genomic regions associated with cholesterol, insulin, glucose, and other metabolic traits in the Yup’ik, an Eskimo people of western and southwestern Alaska. In addition to looking for new genetic risk factors, Dr. Aslibekyan and colleagues Dr. Howard W. Wiener, statistician II in the department of epidemiology, and Dr. Hemant Tiwari, head of the section on statistical genetics in the department of biostatistics, wanted to evaluate whether the traditional Yup’ik diet, rich in marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids, could buffer the effects of the genotype on metabolic health.