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New discoveries that cause bowel diseases

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On the progress of using genotyping methods to identify cause of diseases, a new research revealed 71 new genes associated with diseases that affect the colon like Crohn’s disease, IDB or irritable bowel syndrome, and ulcerative colitis.

The said research has been done by researchers from US, Canada, and Europe. It was also funded by the IBD Genetics Consortium of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). It was further published and released at the November 1 issue of the Journal National.

The study was said to have started by gathering datasets of people having IBD. They have scanned and discovered that 71 new strains of genes associated with disease in the intestinal system. From samples of DNA from 15 different countries, these discovered genes have evolved and had resisted mycobacterial infections which have caused diseases like leprosy and tuberculosis.

IDB cause is still unknown though researchers have suspected an unknown agent to be trigger of the disease. This disease runs on families and is diagnosed in young adults.

The newly discovered genes associated with disease added to a total of 163 genes in which 110 of them are associated with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, 23 are only associated to ulcerative colitis, and 30 are on Crohn’s.

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