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GWASs and the age of human as the model organism for autoimmune genetic research

Robert Plenge

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Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy, Boston, MA 02115, USA

Genome Biology 2010, 11:212  doi:10.1186/gb-2010-11-5-212

Published: 5 May 2010


Genetic studies have identified more than 150 autoimmune loci, and next-generation sequencing will identify more. Is it time to make human the model organism for autoimmune research?