Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Pathological condition in which the synovial joints of the axial skeleton and the cartilaginous joints of the vertebral column ossify, caused by an autosomal gene located on chromosome 6p. Certain HLA haplotypes predispose individuals to this condition, e.g. B27.

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