29 new genetic variants associated with MS identified

Scientists have identified 29 new genetic variants linked to multiple sclerosis as well as confirming 23 already known susceptibility loci, providing key insights into the biology of this debilitating neurological disease. The research, involving an international team of investigators led by the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and funded by the Wellcome Trust, was published on 11 August in the journal Nature

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Sawcer S, Hellenthal G, Pirinen M, Spencer CCA, Donnelly P, Compston S (2011) “Genetic risk and a primary role for cell-mediated immune mechanisms in multiple sclerosis”  Nature 476, 214-219 doi:10.1038/nature10251 Link


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