I just read this week that the gene HLB27 was found in Neanderthals where Ankylosing Spondylitis was also present. The documentary that was referenced suggested that having this gene was a significant marker for other autoimmune diseases such as well. Mentioned were RA, Lupus, and Crohns among others. I found it interesting because my father had Ankylosing Spondylitis, along with iritis which is often an accompanying presentation. I've always wondered where my PMR and GCA came from as I thought I was superbly healthy before the onset, with no medications or any health issues. I'm looking for the link to reference this, but it's lost in my email! Will keep looking ...
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