Faulty’ DNA discovery could point to cure
for arthritis Ian Johnston writing in the Independent reported
on a study where researchers found 42 “faulty” areas of DNA by comparing arthritis patients
to people without the disease. The work, published in the journal Nature,
is the largest genetic study ever carried out, involving nearly 30,000 patients, BBC
News reported. Lead researcher Professor Robert Plenge, of
Harvard Medical School, said: “What this offers in the future is an opportunity to use genetics
to discover new medicines for complex diseases like rheumatoid arthritis to treat or even
cure the disease.” The team discovered that an existing drug
could treat a weakness that was produced by one of the faulty areas.
Comment: Moving closer to personalized medicine.