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Multiple sclerosis genes discovered

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Scientists who screened the entire human genome in more than 12,360 people have implicated at least three genes in the incurable nerve disorder multiple sclerosis, and hinted that a dozen more might be involved, according to reports this week in Nature Genetics and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Earlier research suggested that two of the genes, IL2R and a gene in the human leukocyte antigen complex, were implicated in MS. The reports today strengthened the connection on those two DNA sequences, and added a new one, called IL7R.


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