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BYU Study May Hold Answer to M.S., Lupus

BYU Study May Hold Answer to M.S., Lupus

Posted - Nov. 11, 2004 at 5:52 p.m.



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Sam Penrod ReportingA research study at BYU has found what may be the answer to many auto-immune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and lupus.

Professor Paul Savage, along with graduate students, has found how the body regulates a response to the immune system. Scientists have known there was something involved in the process, but BYU and the University of Chicago were the first to identify it.

Randy Goff, BYU Graduate Student: “This is pretty significant, we can identify this key player and now we can go back and design drugs potentially to combat different things that can infect the body."

Ning Yin, BYU Graduate Student: “It helps us to better understand the pathway of how this system works, so maybe we can in the future treat the diseases related to this kind of system.”

The findings of the study will be published tomorrow in the scientific journal "Science."

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