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International Research Team Identifies Additional Genetic Risk Factors for Crohn's Disease



4/16/2007 2:11:16 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have identified a handful of genes that boost the risk of developing Crohn's disease, confirming that the often debilitating inflammatory bowel ailment has a strong genetic component. The researchers scanned the entire genome -- all 22,000 genes -- of about 6,000 people. About half had Crohn's disease and half did not, they reported on Sunday in the journal Nature Genetics.

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