Inheritance of gene variant 'explains high incidence of MS in women'

Inheritance of gene variant 'explains high incidence of MS in women'

Daughters are more likely to inherit genes which put them at risk of inheriting multiple sclerosis (MS) from their mothers than sons are, according to research.

Scientists at the University of Oxford found that the cause of the higher incidence of MS in women than men could be down to the fact that women are more likely to inherit genes with MS from a female relative

It was found that people with MS with a certain gene variant that is known to put carriers at risk of developing the condition were approximately three times more likely to be female than male.

Additionally, a carrier's risk of developing MS was more increased if a second degree relative also carried the gene variant and had gone on to develop MS than it was if a parent did.

Meanwhile, the American Academy of Neurology has recommended plasma exchange as a treatment for some kinds of MS.

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