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Childhood asthma gene link

5th July 2007

A team of scientists have identified a gene that is strongly associated with an increased risk of childhood asthma.

The international researchers now hope their work will lead to new treatments. The study of 2,000 children, published in Nature, pinpointed a gene called ORMDL3, which was found at higher levels in the blood cells of children with asthma. Researcher Dr Miriam Moffatt, from Imperial College London, said: “We are confident that we have discovered something new and exciting about childhood asthma.?

 

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