New Findings on Lupus in African-American Women

From DNAindia.com

Scientists have found four new genetic variants in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) that confer a higher risk of systemic lupus erythemathosus (lupus) in African- American women.

The study conducted by researchers from Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center is believed to be the first to comprehensively assess the association between genetic variants in the MHC region and risk of lupus in African American women.

The findings were based on the ongoing ‘Black Women’s Health Study’, a prospective study of the health of 59,000 African American women conducted by the researchers since 1995.

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