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Local researcher awarded $2.6M grant to create test for important, little-known nutrient

Ken Elkins
American City Business Journals

The director of a N.C. Research Campus center has a $2.6 million grant from a unit of the National Institutes of Health to develop a test to determine the proper levels of a little-known nutrient in humans. Steven Zeisel, director of the University of North Carolina’s Nutrition Research Institute at the Kannapolis campus, says the presence of the nutrient — called choline — is important to measure. “We need a better lab test that health professionals can use to assess a person’s choline status given the narrow range for healthy intake of choline, the three-fold variation in dietary intake in the U.S. and the effects of common genetic variants on requirements for choline,” Dr. Zeisel says.