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Gene clue to arthritis found

6th November 2007

Scientists from the University of Manchester have said they may have found a way of determining which people could develop rheumatoid arthritis.

The team identified a particular genetic marker which controls the function of gene TNAIF13 and makes people more susceptible to the disease. In the study the genes of 5,000 people with the disease were examined against 3,000 control cases.

Jane Worthington, the research team's leader, said it "takes us one step closer to understanding the genetic risk factors behind ... a debilitating disease for sufferers and an expensive disease for the NHS."

 


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