Gene breakthrough spurs asthma body to seek fresh funds

The National Asthma Campaign hopes the discovery of a gene involved in the development of asthma will increase the charity's fundraising potential.

Scientists at Oxford University revealed last weekend they had identified the gene following six years of research, which was part funded by grants of £373,000 by the National Asthma Campaign.

A spokeswoman for the campaign said: "We can use the findings to approach more fundraisers and hopefully they will now be more inclined to back further research into genes.

"This advance will improve our understanding of asthma and help with the development of new treatments."

The gene appears to regulate the blood B cells that produce immunoglobulin E, the antibody involved in allergic reactions.

There are believed to be about 10 genes that affect a person's susceptibility to asthma. This is the fifth to be discovered.

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