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NPF News
« on: Tuesday September 21, 2010, 05:53:54 PM »
Hi all - this just in from NPF:

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National Psoriasis Foundation
Cure e-news: September 2010

Researchers receive first DNA samples from Victor Henschel BioBank

Dr. James Elder with the first released samples from the National Psoriasis Victor Henschel BioBank University of Michigan scientists now have 1,250 DNA samples they can use to study genes involved in developing psoriasis.

James T. Elder M.D., Ph.D. and a team at the university's Psoriasis Genetics Laboratory are the first to have access to DNA from the National Psoriasis Victor Henschel BioBank , a collection of DNA samples and clinical information from people with and without psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Genes hold clues to psoriasis

Researchers now know of at least nine potential gene locations that may contribute to developing psoriasis. Some gene locations are thought to be more important than others. Learn more about psoriasis and genetics >>>

Dr. Elder's team uses statistical analysis to identify which genes are involved in psoriasis. The research requires a large number of DNA samples—exactly what the BioBank was designed to provide.

The BioBank was created by the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2006 with funding from the family of Victor Henschel, a highly respected member of the psoriasis community. It will be the largest single compilation of psoriasis DNA samples in the world once it meets its collection goal of 2,000 samples.

The research team will also use the samples to examine the connection between psoriasis and other autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn's disease.

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Additional DNA samples are needed from people with and without psoriatic disease. Find out how you and your family can donate.

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