Understanding relationship of proteins, fatty acids could help treat diseases

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By University of Nebraska–Lincoln
December 21, 2009

It's widely understood that eating a diet high in saturated fats increases the risk for a long list of chronic and deadly diseases, including diabetes and coronary heart disease. Understanding how this works at a molecular level, however, is much more complicated.

Paul Black, professor and chair of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's department of biochemistry, and his colleagues are close to cracking some of the mystery, which may lead to better treatments for several major human diseases. A $640,266 grant from the National Institutes of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences, funded recently by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, is helping Black advance his research.

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