According to a report published on Forbes.com new research has found three genes that may be associated with rheumatoid arthritis. The study was published in the July issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology.
The specific cause of RA is not known, but experts believe that RA, like other autoimmune disorders, is linked to genetic inheritance. Although a person with RA may not pass RA to a child, the child may develop any number of autoimmune disorders. However, other the occurrence of RA and autoimmune disorders seems to be random among siblings.
The researchers conducting this study performed a genetic analysis of 11 sets of identical twins. Each set of twins had one twin with RA and one without. The researchers concluded that microarray cDNA analysis is a useful tool for genetic analysis of patients with RA and may help identify new targets for therapies.
Published On: July 13, 2006