The maps on this page represents the distribution of Human Leucocyte Antigen (HLA) types. The HLA gene regulates our acquired immune system. It is what helps our body identify foreign antigens (bacteria, fungi, viruses) and determine what type of white blood cells and antibodies should be produced. Depending on our HLA type we are more or less resistant to certain diseases and infections. HLA also influences our risk of developing autoimmune diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatism, arthritis, hypothyroidism, psoriasis, Celiac disease, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, and so on.
The following maps were compiled with all the latest available HLA data for each country.http://www.eupedia.com/genetics/HLA-DR_distribution_maps.shtml#genetics #hla #immunity #maps #europe