Ankylose This! Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Facebook redux

It seems to have happened quite suddenly. The ankylosing spondylitis group on Facebook grew to nearly 1,600 members while my back was turned (which is interesting when you consider I'm the group admin; I started it nearly two years ago). A lot of new discussions have been started; it's never been so lively.

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Two new AS genes identified

Researchers have identified two new genes associated with ankylosing spondylitis. From the press release: "Based on work from a genome-wide association scan, the team identified genes ANTXR2 and IL1R2 as well as two gene deserts, segments of DNA between genes on chromosomes 2 and 21 that are associated with ankylosing spondylitis. Importantly, the study also confirmed the Triple 'A' Australo-Anglo-American Spondylitis Consortium's previously reported associations of genes IL23R and ERAP1, formerly known as ARTS1."

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