Crohns Genes

With new genetic links coming up every second day, genetics seems to be a burgeoning field.


Many genome-wide association researchers have unveiled that aim to offer fresh links between genetics and disease and human development.
Recently, a new research spearheaded by a Cambridge consultant has offered a new insight into Crohn’s disease.
The study, conducted by Dr. Miles Parkes, consultant gastroenterologist at Cambridge University Hospitals, found links of over 71 genes with Crohn’s disease.

The Crohn's research, deemed to be the world's largest genetic research into inflammatory bowel disease, involved over 22,000 patients from over 15 countries. Crohn's disease, which is an inflammatory gastrointestinal disease is claimed to engulf over 1 in every 500 people in the UK alone.
With the results of this novel study, the number of genes linked with Crohn’s are claimed to be a lot more compared to any other disease. The condition is characterized with inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, pain, weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea.
Over 50% of the risk of Crohn's is associated with genetics and half environmental factors.

Cathy Elks at the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge posted: "It is interesting that several of the new genes for puberty timing have been linked in other studies to body weight gain and obesity”.


Olivia Conroy