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Discovery of 48 More Genetic Variants Linked with MS

Posted September 30, 2013

Another milestone in multiple sclerosis research, scientists have found an additional 48 genetic variants that are linked with MS. This brings the total number of known genetic variants to 110.

Individually, each genetic variant is only responsible for a very small risk for multiple sclerosis. But when taken together, the 110 genetic variants “explain approximately 20 percent of the genetic component of the disease,” according to a news release on the finding.

Being able to understand the genetic roots behind the disease will help further our understanding of the disease and will ultimately help scientists find a cure.

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  • So they finally say that it is genetic, I have felt that for a long time. My 46yr old daughter came down with it when she was 24. I think that I have had it for many years but was finally diagnosed with it 7 yrs ago. I am now 66.

    Inez Gilbert said (8 years, 7 months ago)
  • Hope to find cure for our ms soon

    Samia said (8 years, 7 months ago)

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