Illumina last week launched two SNP-based assay panels designed to study genetic variation and function in the major histocompatibility complex region of the human genome, the company said.

The MHC Exon-Centric Panel consists of 1,228 SNPs in or within 10 kb of protein-coding regions, while the MHC Mapping Panel includes 1,293 SNPs evenly distributed across the entire region. The MHC is believed to contribute to many common autoimmune and inflammatory disorders including multiple sclerosis, type-1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, Illumina said.

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