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Bringing Together Genes and Environment to Better Understand MS

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Bringing Together Genes and Environment to Better Understand MS
With Sergio Baranzini, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Recorded 12/5/15 at the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Research Update

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About Dr. Baranzini’s Presentation


In the past 10 years, enormous progress has been made in deciphering the genetic factors contributing to the risk of developing MS. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology have enabled the analysis of bacterial communities in and around us to be described with great accuracy. Paradoxically, the genetic study of some of these bacteria may be useful in informing us about the critical environmental triggers that when combined with previously identified genetic risk can result in MS. A better understanding of the factors that contribute to developing MS will be crucial for the development of safer and more effective therapies for people with this disease.

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