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Health Agencies Update
May 21, 2003

Baby Teeth Stem Cells

JAMA. 2003;289(19):2491. doi:10.1001/jama.289.19.2491-a

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is seeking 400 pairs of twins and close brothers or sisters for a study to identify the causes of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, systemic sclerosis, or idiopathic inflammatory myopathy, an autoimmune muscle disease. To qualify, one sibling must have the disease and the other same-sex twin or sibling must be free of all autoimmune diseases.

For decades, scientists have suspected that environmental exposures are a key autoimmune disease trigger. The new study should help sort out genetic and environmental factors in play, according to study leader Frederick Miller, MD.

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