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Asthma genes.

Dr William Cookson has reported on a genome-wide study in 26,000 people to find the genetic factors involved in asthma.

The research team found a total of 6 genetic areas affecting the risk of asthma. However, the risk increase involved with each of these was small and the locations acted independently of each other.

 This means the factors are unlikely to be of much use in predicting the risk of a particular individual getting asthma, and suggests that personalised treatment based on genetics is unlikely.

However, one particular location was associated strongly with the risk of childhood-onset asthma, which implicates different paths for childhood-onset asthma and adult-onset asthma.

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September 23, 2010 - Posted by | Asthma, Genetics, William Cookson

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