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Research indicates possible genetic link to allergy

17 May 1999
Research indicates possible genetic link to allergy Action Research is in the final stages of a pioneering research project looking at a possible link between genetic variations and susceptibility to asthma, allergy and infection in children. National Allergy Week begins today (17th May) and the leading medical research charity is funding valuable work in this crucial area. Knowing why some children develop allergic disease could help doctors identify those at risk in the future. Work on the project has being equally spilt between the Institute of Child Health in London and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Bristol. To date, researchers have examined 500 children from the Avon area who have attended local clinics where assessment for allergy and blood tests have been carried out as part of the project. Professor Robin Callard of the Institute of Child Health in London is leading the project: "Our research has shown that a genetic variant is present in about 38% of those examined and early data suggests that it may be associated with allergy. It is now planned to extend this work to a much bigger project where variations in other genes will be examined for association with allergy and asthma in the children taking part in our project."
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