Lupus affects more women than men. Why? New study explores

Lupus affects nine times more women than men. Experts know that lupus erythematosus, SLE, or lupus affects many more women than men, but none of them can explain why. Now that University of Houston biomedical engineer Chandra Mohan has the funding, he has set out to determine why.

Prof. Mohan, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professor of biomedical engineering, has $2 million to solve the mystery.

Prof. Mohan says he is taking the $2 million straight to the bank. Not a financial institution, however, but Bank1. In other words, a critical gene in the B-Lymphocytes.

B-Lymphocytes are immune cells that make the antibodies that make the immune system attack good cells and tissues. That is what Lupus does. The immune system of a patient with Lupus attacks good cells as if they were nasty germs.

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