Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Significant Role of Genetics In the Immune System

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Researchers from King’s College London revealed that genes have an influence on almost three quarters of immune traits. This revealed that genes have an influence on our immune system. The researched analyzed about 23,000 genes in 497 adult female twins. They exposed their immune system to difference viruses and pathogens. Adaptive immune traits were found to have a complex responses to these pathogens which were influenced by their genes. The researchers also highlighted that environmental factors play an important role in immunity. These influences can include our diet and where we live.\

          This finding is interesting and will help researchers understand how our immune system works and interacts with other factors. This could help scientists develop new treatments for diseases. Two diseases that will benefit from this finding for possible treatments to be developed are rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. This shows that are immune systems act in a individualized way to infections and can lead to future personalized therapies. I feel that this will create opportunities to develop new treatments for specific disease and viruses.

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  1. I had no idea that 75% of our immune system was influenced by our genes! I agree, being able to pinpoint the genes that cause immune disorders is extremely beneficial towards the future of personalized medication and treatment therapies.