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Lupus researchers try to corner a puzzling prey

Lupus researchers try to corner a puzzling prey

The problem facing lupus researchers is that their enemy poses an array of symptoms with no one certain cause, but, with a correct diagnosis, strides are being made against the debilitating conditions that arise. In general, lupus is a serious autoimmune disease for which there is no cure, but treatment can be effective enough to allow many sufferers to return to the routines of normal life. The problem lies in the immune system, whose job is to protect against infection. When working properly, it recognizes the difference between healthy and unhealthy cells. When it malfunctions, however, and attacks healthy cells even when there is no threat, the results are inflammation and autoimmune...