Log In
Friday 23rd March 2018

'Gene flaw' linked to peanut allergy

11th March 2011

Scientists have identified a gene defect that can triple the risk of a child developing an allergy to peanuts.

An international research team led by Dundee University discovered that the Filaggrin gene helped to make the skin a good barrier against irritants and allergens but that changes in the gene decreased the effectiveness of this barrier. That in turn allowed substances to enter the body and lead to a range of allergic conditions, including peanut allergy that affects 1-2% of children in the UK.


Share this page


There are no comments for this article, be the first to comment!

Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Article Information

Title: 'Gene flaw' linked to peanut allergy
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 17835
Date Added: 11th Mar 2011


BBC News

Recent Related Articles

Energy drinks ban in the UK

Uncommon rheumatoid arthritis sign linked to eyes

Aussie flu continues to sweep across the UK


Add to scrapbook
Show Comments
Add comment
Find all related articles


M3 - For secure managed hosting over N3 or internet
© Mayden Foundation 2018