An international team of researchers has identified 48 previously unknown genes which can influence risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study published in the journal Nature Genetics.
The researchers analyzed DNA from blood samples of more than 80,000 in what has been the largest investigation of MS genetics to date.
AdvertisementThe researchers hope that their findings can help in development of new treatments for the condition that attacks the central nervous system and impacts on the mobility, balance and sensation of the patient.
"The exciting thing about this is we have doubled the number of genes that we now know are associated with MS. What that means is every one of those new genes is potentially providing us with a new way to understand the disease and to come up with new therapies for the disease", University of Sydney Associate Professor David Booth, who was part of the study, said.
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