Understanding how biotin suppresses 'jumping genes'

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By University of Nebraska–Lincoln


Some genes tend to jump around in our DNA, inserting themselves where they can cause trouble. Eating foods with enough biotin can help keep these “jumping genes” in place.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln nutrition scientist Janos Zempleni has made important discoveries about how biotin suppresses jumping genes, which may one day lead to better prevention of some cancers and chromosomal abnormalities.

He recently received a two-year $535,463 grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to further his research.


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