News and CommentAsthma Genetics

A Scientific Result Without the Science

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Science  30 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5317, pp. 1327
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5317.1327

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Last week, Sequana Therapeutics Inc., in San Diego, issued a press release declaring that the company had "discovered a gene responsible for asthma." The three-page release contained little data of use to other asthma researchers--such as where the gene is located, what it might do, or how many sufferers might carry it. A paper describing the finding may not be published for a year. It's the latest example of genetics by press release.