A new study published in the January 27 issue of the journal PLoS Genetics finds that Celiac Disease and Crohn's Disease share four genetic variants, a finding that could help explain why people diagnosed with Celiac Disease have higher rates of developing crohn's disease than the general healthy population. Additionally, the findings could help lead researchers to find a cure to the inflammation found in both conditions.
For the study, researchers from the University of Montreal in Quebec Canada compared the genomes of roughly 10,000 people. Some of the people had Celiac Disease, some had Crohn's and some were healthy controls. They found found genes that contributed to both Celiac and Crohn's. Two of the genes had previously been linked to each disease. One was previously linked to Celiac, but not Crohn's and another was already linked to Crohn's but not Celiac.
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