Gene Defect Find in University of Dundee's Asthma Study
6/19/2007 2:24:45 AM
Researchers at the University of Dundee, who last year identified the gene that causes eczema and associated forms of asthma, have now discovered that defects on the same gene can drastically affect the day-to-day management of asthma in millions of children and young adults.
Their findings apply to about 1 in 4 of all asthma patients, who show a particular gene defect. The most seriously affected sufferers are those with a defect on both copies of the gene, which occurs in only about 1 in 100 asthma patients.