MS severity-influencing genes found (using Accelerated Cure Project
Published Story by hollie
Genetic researchers in Syracuse, NY have identified  gene variants
that may affect severity of MS. They were trying to confirm previous
findings that linked genes in the CCL cluster on chromosome 17 with a
higher risk of MS, but those results couldn't be replicated. However,
when they analyzed the data for severity, they found variants in the
CCL8 gene that were more frequent in subjects with "severe" MS compared
with subjects with "mild" MS. CCL genes play a role in the immune
response, so these results suggest that factors that influence immune
responses may also influence the severity of MS.
This study is of particular interest to us at Accelerated Cure Project
because the samples used included DNA samples from our sample and data
repository . In fact, this is the first published journal article
that mentions our repository as a source of samples. We expect there
will be many more!