About a million people in the U.S. have IBD, according to the National
Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
The gene discovery is "not a gene test" for IBD, and it's "not going to be
an immediate panacea" for people with IBD, Cho tells WebMD. "But we have a lot
better information, and the power of information, I think, is going to
hopefully make a difference."
For instance, the gene findings may eventually lead to new drugs to treat
"It basically says, 'OK, let's put this at the top of the list of things
that we should really work on,'" Cho says.