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Are autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) hereditary?

Autoimmune diseases tend to "cluster" in families. For example, one family member may have autoimmune hepatitis, another celiac disease, and another rheumatoid arthritis. Current research points to a genetic component in autoimmune diseases and an understanding that what is inherited is not a specific gene but several genes which increase risk.

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