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U-M scientists identify major psoriasis susceptibility gene

?only the parts that are important," Elder says.

While Elder believes that PSORS1 is the major gene involved in susceptibility to psoriasis, he cautions that it's not the only one. He says much additional research will be required to find the other genes involved and to understand all the secrets of this complex and puzzling disease.

"Access to a large, diverse pool of study subjects is vital to the success of this type of clinical research," Elder says. "We are grateful to the 5,000 people who have participated in our psoriasis study so far. It has been a collaborative effort involving physicians, scientists and patients from dermatology departments at many institutions ?including the U-M, the University of Kiel in Germany, Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, and the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System."


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Source:University of Michigan Health System


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