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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 12:28 pm 
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Dr Lavinia Paternoster, from the University of Bristol, said: ‘Eczema has lagged behind other common diseases, in terms of the number of genes discovered that predispose us to the condition. Our study is, to date, the largest study in eczema that attempts to identify which genes play a role. There is still a lot of work to do, but these findings indicate which biological mechanisms are important in this condition and are an important step towards improving diagnosis, management and treatment for eczema sufferers.’

Lead senior author and dermatologist, Professor Stephan Weidinger from the University of Kiel, Germany, added: ‘Two disease genes that we found have never been associated with atopic dermatitis until now, while one has been implicated in asthma, reflecting the close relationship between the two diseases. Our findings will not immediately lead to genetic tests to predict who will develop eczema or to new ways of treatment, but they are an important step forward in this context.’


http://bristol.ac.uk/news/2011/8136.html

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