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Week: 576.5

Guest: Dr. Marshall Plaut, Chief, Allergic Mechanisms, NIAID/NIH

Topic: Solving allergies genetically

Host/ Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Solving allergies, genetically...coming up...

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NEMA: Have allergies? Taking medications? Sufferers can look forward to the day when researchers find the genes responsible for making a person allergic, sensitive to normal proteins found in everyday things...

PLAUT: We haven't identified yet which specific gene abnormality is associated with it. But probably some of those genes have to do with why the inhaled substance induces an allergic response, and others have to do with subsequent events, following sensitization, that lead to symptoms. We certainly haven't sorted that all out.

NEMA: But Dr. Marshall Plaut of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says science marches on...

PLAUT: ...within a few years where it's very likely that we will have identified very specifically the gene itself, not just the region of the chromosome, where the genes themselves....and may well be able to identify which specific genes are abnormal in any one person with allergy. There may well then turn out to be a very specific treatments.

NEMA: Until then, be proactive in fighting allergy...with the help of nutrition, exercise and your doctor. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.



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