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New susceptibility genes for ulcerative colitis

Genome-wide association studies in Crohn's disease have convincingly identified multiple risk variants. Two new studies in ulcerative colitis, a related inflammatory bowel disease, now reveal a glimpse of the overlapping spectrum of risk variants, highlighting both the commonalities and the unique features of these disorders.

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Dubois, P., van Heel, D. New susceptibility genes for ulcerative colitis. Nat Genet 40, 686–688 (2008).

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