The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, together with Alacris Theranostics have recently developed a new approach to characterise the immune system of individuals to a much greater extent than has been possible before.
Using this new approach, they see a very realistic possibility to be able to develop biomarkers to identify patients before lupus develops, and to get a better understanding of the disease mechanism, possibly leading to new treatment options.
The researchers need to analyse identical twins (therefore with the same genome) where only one of the siblings has lupus. They will then have the best chance to identify the relevant difference in the immune system, without complications due to genetic differences.
If you have an identical twin and one of you has a diagnosis of SLE please contact Hans Lehrach by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (please include either ‘lupus’ or ‘SLE’ in the subject header).
Thank you very much for your help.