Bioscience

UA research may help asthma sufferers

March 24, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[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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