NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has launched a multi-site clinical trial to assess how African-Americans with asthma respond to different therapies, and to examine the genetics at play in those responses, NHLBI said today.

The Best African American Response to Asthma Drugs (BARD) study will enroll roughly 500 children and adults at 30 sites in 14 states to research their responses to varying combinations of medications and dosages and how genes may affect those responses.

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