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General Information

MS is not directly inherited – unlike some conditions, like cystic fibrosis, for example, there is no single gene that causes it, in fact to date some 50 different genes have been implicated.

It’s likely that a combination of genes make some people more susceptible to developing MS, but not everyone with this gene combination will develop MS. Genes are only part of the story, an environmental trigger is needed to trigger MS in a genetically susceptible individual.

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