Genetics of Asthma

The Baltimore Sun's Andrea Walker reports on a new undertaking by researchers at Johns Hopkins University to "map the genetic code for asthma in people of African descent in hopes of better understanding why the disease and other allergy-related ailments disproportionately afflict that population." In the largest study of its kind to date, Walker says the Johns Hopkins researchers "will leverage data from other genome projects to take the

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