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[Source: Alan Fisher, Tucson Citizen] - University of Arizona scientists are using research methods now improving crop yields to help discover breath-saving asthma treatments.
UA BIO5 Institute researchers Rod Wing and Fernando Martinez are collaborating to combine their world-leading expertise in plant genome sequencing and respiratory disease study to identify undiscovered genetic variants present in asthmatics.
By sequencing a person's DNA, researchers will be able to determine which drugs can best treat their particular type of asthma, said Martinez, BIO5's interim director and Arizona Respiratory Center director.
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Now available: “Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap 2014-2025: Advancing the Biosciences and Improving Health Outcomes,” is now available along with its supplement, “Summary of Goals, Strategies, and Potential Actions.” An overview by Walter Plosila, Ph.D., Battelle senior advisor, is also available. The updated Roadmap provides a long-term strategy for Arizona to achieve bioscience success over the next decade.