Researchers identified two regions of the genome associated with rosacea, an inflammatory and poorly understood skin disease. The regions may be linked to other systemic diseases.

Rosacea is a very poorly understood skin disease. Although it remains incurable, the genetic basis of the condition is becoming significantly clearer. This is due to research carried out at Stanford University School of Medicine in collaboration with 23andMe. A genome-wide association study looked the genomes of thousands of 23andMe customers with existing Rosacea diagnoses.

The study found two loci associated with Rosacea, adjacent to loci associated with other inflamatory and autoimmune diseases.

The full study can be read at The Journal of Investigative Dermatology

The full press release can be read via Stanford’s News Center

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