HLA-B27: Genetic Variants That Increase Susceptibility to Autoimmune Diseases

Our immune system does an awesome job (most of the time) of fighting off pathogenic bacteria and viruses. But to fight off these pathogens, the body needs to know that they are the bad guys.┬áThis is where the HLA system comes in. Human leukocyte…

Familial Mediterranean Fever: Do you carry the genetic variants?

Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is a genetic condition of inflammatory episodes that cause painful joints, pain in the abdomen, or pain in the chest, and is most often accompanied by a fever. ┬áThis condition often shows up first in childhood with unexplained fever and…