Probing the genetics of autoimmune disease

There are many forms of autoimmune disease, but by definition they all have one thing in common—they arise when the body’s immunological defenses go awry and attack our cells or trigger biochemical changes that lead to inflammation and other responses that can be detrimental to our health. There are at least 150 different autoimmune diseases, some of them have the status of rare disease while others, such as type I diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease, are quite common.

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