Researchers Identify First Genetic Marker for Predicting Multiple Sclerosis Severity

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Researchers from Western Australia collaborated on an international investigation that discovered the first genetic indicator of multiple sclerosis (MS) severity.

The ground-breaking research results, which were published in Nature, a British weekly scientific journal, identify a genetic variation that worsens the condition and represent the first significant strides towards comprehending and ultimately treating this element of MS.

This finding brings up the possibility of long-term treatments for those suffering from this chronic central nervous system condition.


What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a long-term neurological condition that damages the brain, making it difficult for people with MS to move, remember things, and use other basic functions. It is unknown why some individuals with the disorder can receive therapy and have reasonably normal lives while others see rapid disease development.

People with MS may have difficulty in moving and remembering things. (Image via Unsplash/ Ivan Aleksic)autoimmune disease in which the immune system inadvertently targets the myelin protective covering of nerve fibers in the CNS. An aberrant immune reaction against the myelin is thought to be caused by a trigger, such as an infection or environmental condition.

2) Gender and age

Age and gender statistics show that women are more likely than men to get MS, with the peak onset age falling between 20 and 40. There may be a difference in susceptibility to the disease between the sexes due to hormonal and reproductive variables.

MS is seen as an autoimmune disease. (Image via Unsplash/ Towfiqu Barbhuiya)viral infections. Due to the variant’s proximity to these genes, it is possible that they contribute to the development of the disease.

The researchers looked into the genetics of almost 10,000 more MS patients to corroborate their results. Those that had two copies of the variation were affected more quickly.

This research is a breakthrough in the treatment of multiple sclerosis which will help in improving the lives of patients suffering.

Edited by Babylona Bora

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