Study shows genetic risk factors for asthma, hay fever and eczema

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New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): A major study has discovered more than 100 genetic risk factors, which explain why some people suffer from asthma, hay fever and eczema. The study led by Dr. Manuel Ferreira from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute explained that this was the first study designed specifically to find genetic risk factors that are shared among the three most common allergic conditions. Asthma, hay fever and eczema are allergic diseases that affect different parts of the body, especially lungs, nose and the skin. For example, the researchers knew that the three diseases shared many genetic risk factors. What they didn’t know was exactly where in the genome those shared genetic risk factors were located. The study also examined if environmental factors might affect whether these genes are switched on or off. The study appears in the journal of Nature Genetics.

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