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Childhood Asthma Gene May Have Role in Fighting Viral Infection

By Sharon Kingman
Staff Writer

Monday, November 18, 2013
LONDON – A genomewide association study has identified a new gene that may be responsible for some cases of asthma in childhood. Although many such studies link an increased risk of having a disease to a region of the genome, which may contain many genes, the researchers in this case said they believe they have actually pinpointed the gene involved. The gene, which has not previously been linked with an increased risk of asthma, is called CDHR3. Although its biological function is not known, experiments have shown that it is expressed in bronchial epithelium from adults, and in fetal lung tissue.

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