NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international team of researchers led by Robert Plenge from Brigham and Women's Hospital uncovered nearly four dozen loci linked to risk of rheumatoid arthritis, bringing the total number of known risk loci for the disease to 101.

Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, affects some 1 percent of the adult population and leads to joint inflammation.

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