lead by Edward Rubin and Derek Symula working with transgenic mice
(mice that are carrying human genes) found that even subtle changes
in the activity of two genes - IL4 and IL13 - can have an important
impact on asthma susceptability. Their research results were reported
in the October. 1, 1999 issue of the Journal Nature Genetics.
the last 15 years, the number of asthma victims has doubled, with
children living in urban areas particularly susceptable. For reasons
eluding medical science, the numbers are still on the rise - this
year alone nearly 5,000 people are expected to die from complications
related to the disease.