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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-led team of researchers has quantified the heritability of nine pediatric-onset autoimmune diseases.

Childhood autoimmune diseases have high rates of familial clustering, sibling recurrence, and twin-twin concordance both within and between diseases, suggesting that shared genetic risk factors may underlie disease etiology.

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