Peanut allergy gene discovery could lead to early diagnosis (Dr. Denise Daley)

Canadian researchers have identified a gene associated with allergy to peanuts that could prove to be a useful target for predicting and treating food allergies.

The gene — called c11orf30/EMSY — appears to play an important role in a variety of allergic responses to peanuts and other foods.

“The discovery of this genetic link gives us a fuller picture of the causes for food allergies and this could eventually help doctors identify children at risk,” said co-author Denise Daley, a professor at the University of B.C.

Randy Shore reports

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