10/08/2011 15:47 BST | Updated 10/10/2011 06:12 BST

Study Reveals Genes Responsible For Multiple Sclerosis

Scientists have discovered 29 new gene variants that are implicated in multiple sclerosis, following the largest ever study of the genetics of the disease.

The genes are involved in controlling parts of the body's immune system, confirming research strategies and pointing to possible treatments for people who develop MS. The discoveries more than double the list of parts of the human genome that researchers believe contribute to the disease.