Gene-Mutation Asthma Research Unveiled

Thursday 1st July

Researchers have identified a genetic mutation in a protein linked to the immune system that could help further improve treatments for asthma. scientists reporting in the European Journal of Human Genetics claim that a protein that determines whether immune cells are needed could be over-produced in asthmatic people, exacerbating asthma attacks.

Researchers studied DNA from over 900 people and found that people with a genetic mutation identified as rs36498, or the Siglec-8 gene, were more likely to develop asthma.

Researchers hope that further studying the gene will allow them to be able to use gene therapy to better control the immune response of asthmatic people in a way that improves their health and well being.

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