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Missing Gene Takes Mice's Breath Away

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Science  11 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5553, pp. 253
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5553.253a

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Summary

Asthma constricts airways in patients' lungs and leaves them short of breath, sometimes fatally; it afflicts tens of millions of people worldwide and seems to be on the rise in many areas. Scientists are still struggling to decipher the cellular signals at the root of the attacks. Now, in reports on pages 336 and 338, immunologists describe a mouse strain that mimics the human condition and might provide a better model system for studying the disease.