Gene–environment interactions in inflammatory bowel disease: microbiota and genes
- Correspondence to Dr Marian C Aldhous, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, The Queen's Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, 47 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4TJ, UK;
- Received 14 December 2011
- Accepted 10 April 2012
A recent research workshop gave an update on the genetics of the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. This mini-review summarises the updates of the gene–environmental interactions, especially those outlining the contribution of the gut microbiota to the pathogenesis of IBD.
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