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Researchers Identify Genes Associated with Lupus in Koreans

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Researchers Identify Genes Associated with Lupus in Koreans

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have identified a set of genes that predispose people of Korean ancestry to lupus.

The findings resulted from a large-scale study of Koreans conducted by OMRF researchers Christopher Lessard and Kathy Sivils. The two researchers led a coalition of researchers that looked at genetic samples from nearly 8,000 Koreans. The findings appeared in the scientific journal Arthritis and Rheumatology.

"Genetic studies like this take a global effort because we need to study thousands of patients," said Sivils. "No one center can do that alone."

The project was designed to perform a genome-wide association study to see if scientists could find unique effects in Koreans' genetic makeup.

"There is evidence to suggest that there are race-specific risk factors that we want to identify," said Lessard. …

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