Inside Precision Medicine May 15, 2024
Alisa Kirkin

A new study from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has uncovered a link between the number of ribosomal DNA (rDNA) copies in the genome and an increased risk of developing inflammatory diseases.

Ribosomal DNA, which is crucial for protein synthesis in cells, exists in hundreds of copies in the human genome. However, its repetitive nature has made it difficult to study using standard genetic analysis techniques. To combat this, researchers have now used advanced whole genome sequencing (WGS) to investigate these challenging regions—a technique analyzing the complete DNA sequence of an organism’s genome.

Published in Cell Genomics, the study analyzed data from 500,000 individuals in the UK Biobank, using specific WGS methods to count rDNA copies and correlate them...

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