A team of scientists from 13 countries, including Australia, examined the DNA collected from 80,000 people with and without MS, in a bid to understand why certain people are susceptible to the debilitating disease and others are not.
They were able to double the number of known genetic variants that they say can make a person more susceptible to developing MS.
I actually know someone whose partner was a particpant in that study. It’s exciting and hopeful that we’re making advances in understanding multiple sclerosis. It’s an incredibly damaging disease, both physically and psychologically.
It’s also interesting, though perhaps not surprising, that the study shows that the genes it identifies overlap with genes known to be involved in other auto-immune diseases such as Crohn’s and coeliac disease.