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MIT bioengineer works to unravel endometriosis

Linda Griffith sought a way to apply the medical model for treating breast cancer to endome-triosis.
Linda Griffith sought a way to apply the medical model for treating breast cancer to endome-triosis. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff/File 2009

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For four years, MIT bioengineer Linda Griffith has been slowly unraveling the biology of endometriosis, a complicated and poorly understood disease that she has silently struggled with her entire life. The condition — in which tissue normally found in the uterus grows elsewhere in the body — is remarkably common, yet relatively little is known about what causes it or how to treat or prevent it.

In a study published Wednesday, Griffith and colleagues present new work that is a first step toward providing a more informed way of classifying endometriosis based on the underlying biological cause.

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