Predisposition may increase effects of pollution

January 2008
Infectious Diseases in Children;Jan2008, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p20
The article focuses on a study which reported that inclination makes one susceptible to the effects of pollution. A study at the University of Southern California indicates that children with variations in 2 genes and are living at about 75 meters away of a major road have a higher risk for asthma. Dr. Muhammad T. Salam of the University's Keck School of Medicine notes that they are studying how these genes interact with traffic-related exposures. They found a link between increased levels of microsomal epoxide and higher risk for asthma development.


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