More MS news articles for August 2002

Gene-expression profiling and the genetic dissection of complex disease

Curr Opin Immunol 2002 Oct;14(5):627
Lyons P.
JDRF/WT (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation/Wellcome Trust) Diabetes and Inflammation Laboratory, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, Addenbrookes Hospital, Hills Road, CB2 2XY, Cambridge, UK

Several recent studies have highlighted how combining the powerful techniques of microarray analysis and congenic-strain analysis may greatly facilitate unravelling the genetic basis of susceptibility to common autoimmune diseases.

In addition to providing pointers to the genetic variants themselves, the pathway(s) they control may also be highlighted, thereby identifying new targets for therapeutic intervention.