NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – In Nature Genetics, researchers from Korea, Singapore, and the US described alterations in a gene called NUDT15 that seem to influence the risk of developing a condition called leukopenia — characterized by a potentially life-threatening drop in white blood cell count — in individuals with Crohn's disease who've been treated with thiopurine drugs.

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