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In a PLoS Genetics paper published this week, researchers at Australia's University of Queensland, along with their international collaborators, show that variants associated with ankylosing spondylitis — at 1q32 and STAT3 — suggest a genetic overlap between the inflammatory arthritic condition and Crohn's disease. The team interrogated 53 markers from 30 Crohn's-associated genomic regions in a population of 2,773 unrelated individuals affected by ankylosing spondylitis and 2,215 controls.

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