These are all great questions. We have a section on Causes of Scleroderma: DNA, Race, Genetics that answers many of these questions.
This includes the very recent study, Dartmouth researchers discover gene signatures for scleroderma. Distinct genetic profiles can discern different groups of patients with scleroderma. This discovery of distinguishing molecular subtypes within the disease offers new insight into the complexity of a poorly understood and hard to treat illness and opens a window for better diagnosis and targeted therapies.Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. July 15, 2008.
Can we pass any of this on to our kids?
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