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Spine-fusing arthritis hope

11th January 2010

Oxford University scientists, along with a team of international researchers, have pinpointed two new genes which are strongly associated with a type of inflammatory arthritis.

The disease, known as ankylosing spondylitis, can cause the spine to fuse together. Professor Paul Wordsworth, from Oxford University's Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, confirmed: "We have identified regions of our DNA that are strongly associated with susceptibility to ankylosing spondylitis."

 

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