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Unexpectedly, Ancient Molecule Tied to Asthma

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Science  11 Jun 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5677, pp. 1577
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5677.1577

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A surprise discovery in mice, reported on page 1678, has linked a mysterious, largely unexplored class of molecules to asthma and may bolster the theory that the respiratory disease is a misplaced reaction to parasites.