By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Buffalo will use a $634,000 grant from the US Department of Defense to study three gene-environment interactions that may influence the progression of disease in multiple sclerosis patients.

The two-year grant will test the hypothesis that nicotine metabolism, byproducts of vitamin D metabolism, and increased levels of anti-Epstein-Barr virus interact with genetic variants to cause increased neurodegeneration and increased lesions in MS patients.

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