PERTH – Scientists from University of Western Australia claim to have identified new genes tied to loss of bone mineral density and osteoporosis.
According to molecular geneticist and study author
He suggests that the new finding may lead to a diagnostic test in the not too distant future.
The researchers analyzed the data from five previous smaller studies with the help of high tech ‘gene chips’.
While looking at the sample of each participant’s DNA and bone mineral density, they found 20 genetic regions, known as loci, with a strong association to bone mineral density.
“It’s amazing that we came up with so many loci with such convincing evidence,” ABC Science quoted
“One in three women and one in five men have a lifetime risk of developing osteoporosis,” he added.
He hopes the study will help scientists develop a diagnostic kit to identify individuals genetically susceptible to osteoporosis.
The study appears in Nature Genetics