Human body on an average is made up of 20,000 genes, out of which an estimated 2,000 have been proposed to be responsible for departing strength to the bones. This deep insight of the gene properties has raised hopes of scientists, who claim to use the findings as a way to develop targeted drugs that can help treat diseases related to bones, including osteoporosis.
UK's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has undertaken a project to consider every single gene present in human genome. A team of researchers from Australia and Britain concluded these findings after accomplishing their first phase of the study.
After the researchers from Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Imperial College London closely examined their first set of 100 genes, they discovered that nine out of them were responsible for proving strength and also weakened the bones of mice.
Hence, it was estimated that around eight to 10% of the total genes would have an effect on the bone structure or skeleton.
Professor Peter Croucher said, "It probably tells us that a significant number of our genes actually are important in triggering the behavior of the skeleton and how strong or weak it might be". He added that currently they are laying more emphasis on the nine genes identified and their role.
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