Discussion

PROGRESS REPORT The aim of our research is to find genes that predispose to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (collectively, inflammatory bowel disease or IBD) in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, in whom these diseases are four-fold more common. We hope that by identifying such genes we will better understand the underlying cause of IBD, an important step towards improved diagnosis and treatment. Research to date has found over 200 genetic variants associated with IBD. However,

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