Peanut Allergy Related to Genetics

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by Cody2 Comments

This article discusses some of the new research done on figuring out how genetics can affect the way people get and keep peanut allergies. The researchers Dr. Denise Daley, and Dr. Ann Clarke have conducted research regarding the specific genes that can play a factor in whether a person develops a peanut allergy. They were able to pinpoint a gene called c11 orf30/EMSY (EMSY) that may be the culprit for the development of peanut allergies. The research that was conducted was on many individuals affected by the allergy and many without to find a key difference. The difference was found to be the EMSY gene and can be a deciding factor on the likelihood that a person develops a peanut allergy. The article explained that previously they had been looking at a different gene to be the likely culprit, however, that was not determined in the study.

Looking at the research done on to me shows that there are improvements and a progression toward figuring out the complexities associated with food allergies. I find this article extremely fascinating because it seems to understand how the millions of people affected by this allergy can have the potential to live a life without fear of foods. Although, I personally don’t have any allergies I know a number of people that are affected by them and to see the science seeking to improve peoples lives makes me excited for the future in research on allergens. Understanding that this is just a first step in understanding how allergies develop due to genetic factor not being the sole reason for the development of allergies, it does give some insight as to why those people might more easily develop them.

This article was based on an article on medicalxpress website click here for the article information.

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Comments

  1. Since peanut allergies are on the rise, I wonder if the cause is because of this gene or may have something to do with exposure. It could be a combination of both. Maybe more serious peanut allergies are due to this gene while more mild cases are from lower exposure during early childhood.

  2. This study is amazing! If we can figure out the relationship between gene and the cause of peanut allergies, we will find out the solution to the allergy problems from the point of biology in the future.

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