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Interleukin Genetics, UCSF to Collaborate on Osteoporosis Genetics Research

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (GenomeWeb News) - Interleukin Genetics and the University of California, San Francisco said today that they have formed an alliance to determine how interleukin-1 genetic variations alter inflammation in the spine leading to vertebral fractures.

The partners said that different IL-1 SNPs and haplotypes lead to altered inflammation chemicals and are associated with an increased risk of bone fractures. By studying these genetic variations, they hope to understand the genetic roots of osteoporotic fractures.

Under the collaboration, Interleukin will provide novel genetic variations and cell lines, while UCSF researchers will lend their clinical expertise and genetic material collected from blood samples.

Further details were not provided.

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