Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Lupus Causing Gene

Boston (eCanadaNow) - An international team of researchers has come out and stated that they have found a group of genes which cause lupus.Lupus is an autoimmune disorder which affects mainly young women.Dr. Noel Rose, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research stated "It's an important moment in autoimmune disease research."There are many papers which make up the research, three of which appear in the journal Nature Medicine, while one is in the New England Journal of Medicine.Researchers have found many new genes such as ITGAM, KIAA1542, and others as confirmed to raise the risk of developing lupus, which affects 1.5 million people in the U.S. each year.Lupus is a disease which makes your body literally attack itself.The hope is that the discovery of these genes being involved could help researchers pinpoint the true causes of lupus to the point where they can make new treatments for it. It will provide a far better understanding of the disease.