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Metabolic Mystery Revealed

Anorexia nervosa is a devastating disorder – psychologically and physically damaging, tenacious in its grip on those diagnosed, and sometimes even fatal. It is usually diagnosed and treated by a psychiatrist – but now, new research asks: is the disorder exclusively a mental illness? A genome-wide association study (GWAS) conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has discovered strong correlations with psychiatric traits like neuroticism and schizophrenia – but, unexpectedly, also with metabolic features, such as insulin-glucose metabolism. Cynthia Bulik, Professor of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet and Founding Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, discusses her team’s discovery of a significant locus for anorexia nervosa on chromosome 12 (1).

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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