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Honing in on the Genetics of Multiple Sclerosis

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10 (HealthDay News) -- A new study on the genetic underpinnings of multiple sclerosis (MS) has identified more than 50 gene variants that may contribute to the autoimmune disease, 29 of which are new discoveries.

About half of the variants are known to be involved in immune system function, and about one-third have been implicated in other autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn's, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and type 1 diabetes.

"When we look at the pathways...