Genes play role in peanut allergies, study suggests (Dr. Denise Daley)

New research is providing more evidence that genetics play a role in the development of peanut and other food allergies.

Canadian researchers, working with others in Australia, the U.S. and the Netherlands, have pinpointed a new gene associated with peanut allergy, called c11orf30/EMSY.

“Food allergy is the result of both genetic and environmental factors, but there are surprisingly few data regarding the genetic basis of this condition,” study co-author Denise Daley, a University of British Columbia professor, said in a news release.

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