Second round of psoriasis DNA released for disease study
Washington University scientist latest to receive BioBank samples
Although scientists have uncovered links between certain genes and psoriasis susceptibility, there is still much to discover about psoriatic disease and its causes. Anne Bowcock, Ph.D., professor in the genetics, pediatrics and medicine departments at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., hopes to gain insight into these genetic elements with the use of 1,250 DNA samples collected for such research by the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Dr. Bowcock is the second researcher to receive genetic material from the Foundation's National Psoriasis Victor Henschel BioBank. Last month, J.T. Elder, M.D., Ph.D., and his team of researchers at the University of Michigan received the first 1,250 samples from the BioBank to use for genetic research.
Bowcock will follow up on the recent discovery of genes linked to psoriasis and a related disease, psoriatic arthritis. Her research may improve researchers' knowledge of the genetics of psoriasis and lead to new treatments for these diseases.
"The ability to detect the association between psoriasis and a number of loci in the last few years with state-of-the-art genetic approaches suggests that we are on the right track in identifying the genetic basis of the disease," Dr. Bowcock said in a statement.
The National Psoriasis Victor Henschel BioBank is a collection of DNA samples and clinical information used by scientists to advance the field of psoriasis genetics. Once it meets its collection goal of 2,000 samples, the BioBank will be the largest single compilation of psoriasis DNA samples in the world. Currently, the BioBank has 1,749 samples. One DNA sample can be used in multiple research projects.
Learn more about the BioBank and how to donate your DNA »
Sept. 30, 2010