Sometimes the larger value of a research project isn’t immediately obvious, but research often produces discoveries with unanticipated relevance to other fields. A prime example of this is the work being carried out by our Duke University collaborator Dr. Dennis Ko. Dr. Ko uses a cell-based system to study how genetic variation relates to human disease, and during the study of genetic variants associated with Salmonella infection his group discovered that these variants are also linked to risk for developing MS. He used MURDOCK-MS study samples to compare genetic variants, gene expression levels, and protein levels, and his results generated some intriguing questions, even as to whether Salmonella food poisoning can alter your risk of developing MS!
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