Tuesday, July 31, 2007


The news broke and I put it on my list of topics. Today, as I read through my Google Reader choices, 27 out of the 30 items were about the genome breakthrough.

One item was about the Manchester Bike Tour and two told of a quest to rid the world of artificial sweeteners.

But the big news was identifying two genes common to MSers. This discovery makes the cause of MS a "mix of genes, environment, and immunology" and may lead to new treatment options.

Here are some choices of articles from around the world.

Don't expect a new pill tomorrow. These were two major research projects studying a large number of subjects, and it is widely heralded as a key factor, but there is more work to be done. Jonathan Haines, the director of the Center for Human Genetics Research at Vanderbilt University said, "The hope is that new knowledge will lead to the development of more targeted treatments."

To read the study as published in the New England Journal of Medicine, click here.

To read the study report in Nature Genetics, click here.

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