A German scientist named Michael Schemed, discovered a gene that determines the risk of asthma in children, as announced by the European Commission (EC) in a statement. The outcome of the investigation will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which will take place next weekend in Washington.
The finding ORMDL3 gene, on chromosome 17, could evolve the knowledge we have about the disease and lead to implementation of new treatments.
The scientist responsible for the discovery, 33, began working at the University of Munich and now collaborates with Professor Michael Kibosh, allergy specialist genetics in the Medical School of Hanover.
“We have a first test of causal link between the presence of this gene on chromosome seventeen and the development of asthma, a disease that can be treated but not yet curable, “the researcher said in a statement.
Schedule has benefited from a Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Union that promotes research and has been part of the team of 220 researchers who have participated since 2008 in an exchange program between the EU and the U.S