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More MS news articles for November 2003

European MS genetic studies completed

October 28, 2003
Boston Cure Project

The Genetic Analysis of Multiple Sclerosis in Europeans (GAMES) project, a collaboration between scientists in several European countries, has just reported results for over 15 genome-wide screens (for example, see this Turkish and this Spanish study). In these screens, up to 6000 genetic markers were analyzed in sample pools from people with MS and non-MS controls, as well as in families consisting of a person with MS and their parents.

While the individual results will help in identifying MS genes that may differ between populations, a combined analysis of all the results (currently underway) will help detect genes that are important across multiple populations.

This project is notable both for its scale and its level of cooperation -- factors that are greatly needed in the search for MS genes.

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