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Unveiling the origins of childhood asthma

 An EU-funded study uncovered new strong evidence on a gene thought to be involved in the development of asthma

 

An EU-funded study, Asthma and ORMDL3, has uncovered new strong evidence on a gene believed to be involved in the development of asthma in children.

According to the researcher, the ORMDL3 gene, which is found in the chains of DNA, may play a role in causing asthma and is potentially 'relevant to the immune system in early life stages'.

The project's findings could change our understanding of childhood asthma, which affects 30 million Europeans, and of other respiratory diseases.

Factsheet by the European Commission / 18 January 2013