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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Gene ID'd

Gene Is Likely One of Several Linked to IBD, Researchers Say

Tailoring Treatment

One day, genetics might help predict IBD's severity in patients and tailor treatment, Cho notes.

"It's a raging debate in IBD: Are we better off when someone gets newly diagnosed with going with the big guns that potentially have more side effects, or are we better off starting with the safest drug that's maybe not as effective as some of the other ones and stepping up as patients need," she says.

"If you take a combination of IBD genes and predict these courses, that might be a logical way of individualizing therapies, or at least giving patients more information so that they can make informed decisions about their medical therapies," Cho says.

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