Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can produce joint pain and frequent exhaustion. This video discusses the genetic risk factors for this condition.
Scientific researchers conducted an experiment to evaluate the differences between the genes of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and those without it. In analyzing a specific gene called STAT4, scientists found that the DNA from rheumatoid arthritis sufferers included multiple forms of this gene. Those without rheumatoid arthritis did not have the STAT4 variations. With this information, researchers can continue to move forward with finding treatment options that address this genetic difference and its possible effect on rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
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