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NEW YORK (360Dx) – By combining three biomarkers, each a harbinger of disease risk, a research group has developed an index that clinicians might be able to use to diagnose the chronic autoimmune condition lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

The index uses an algorithm to identify the risk of a patient developing lupus based on the concentration in blood serum of IgG and IgM anti-double stranded DNA antibodies, and levels of C1q, a protein complex associated with protection from lupus.

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