Scientists at the University of Michigan and their collaborators have found new DNA “hotspots” that may reveal how genetic differences among individuals result in psoriasis, a potentially disfiguring autoimmune disease of the skin. Published in Nature Genetics, the findings could lead to innovative drug targets and tailored treatments for the disease.
In 2006, the UM team (led by Dr. James Elder) discovered a variation on an immune system gene that increases the risk of developing psoriasis. Since then, the team has identified four additional gene markers, and confirmed two others.
For information on the ongoing study and to enroll, call 800-356-2840 or visit psoriasis.umich.edu. No travel is required.