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Genetics of MS probed.

Professor Sergio E Baranzini gets the cover of Nature tomorrow for his work in squencing the genome of 3 pairs of identical twins where one has MS (multiple sclerosis) and the other does not.

Amongst other firsts, this is the first time that female genomes and twin genomes have been studied

The team looked in detail at 3 key components of the genome and the way this might relate to MS, and found no differences between the twin with MS and the one without. This suggests there is a significant environmental factor at work in MS.

The findings do not rule out some genetic component, as it’s known that when one identical twin has MS, there is about a 30% chance the other will get it.

Potential environmental culprits include a virus (Epstein-Barr), vitamin D deficiency and smoking.


April 28, 2010 - Posted by | Genetics, Multiple sclerosis, Sergio E Baranzini

1 Comment »

  1. wow sweet info dude.

    Comment by limewire | April 30, 2010 | Reply

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