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Germs and joints: the contribution of the human microbiome to rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating autoimmune disorder, the etiology of which is poorly understood. A new study reveals dysbiosis in gut and oral microbiomes of affected individuals, potentially providing a basis for patient stratification and clues to pathophysiological mechanisms of RA onset and progression.

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Figure 1: The potential influence of the human microbiome on rheumatoid arthritis.


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Rogers, G. Germs and joints: the contribution of the human microbiome to rheumatoid arthritis. Nat Med 21, 839–841 (2015).

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