A new study by the University of Western Australia School of Medicine and
Pharmacology and the Centre for Medical Research have discovered
a link between genetics and the risk of developing bone disease. After 10-years
of research the scientists have found several new genes which are responsible
for the inheritance of Paget's disease, a bone condition that affects 5% people
These newly found genes are important for bone health. Some of them
play a crucial role in bone metabolism, while others are involved in bone
regulation. These genes seem to interfere with other bone diseases including
osteoporosis and bone cancer.
Researchers feel that the breakthrough could lead to genetic profiling to
identify people at risk of developing Paget's disease. This research could also
pave the way for breakthroughs in other areas. However, the researchers have
expressed the need for further studies to find out exactly how the genes are linked.
The research has been published in Nature Genetics.