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Tracy Briggs

Dr Tracy Briggs

Understanding Single-Gene Disorders That Lead to Systemic Lupus

Lupus is a potentially life-threatening disease that causes the body to attack its own tissue. In many people, it is likely to be the result of a combination of both environmental and genetic factors. However, in some cases, a change in a single gene can cause the condition. Studies of such single-gene causes of disease are helpful to pinpoint which genes play a role in systemic lupus and help to further our understanding of how the disease occurs. Tracy’s research will determine the genetic basis of a familial form of lupus, which starts in childhood and predominantly affects the skin. By determining the chemical and genetic changes causing disease, Tracy hopes to determine the origins of lupus.

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