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Researchers Identify Gene Related To Infant Lung Disease

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February 27, 2001
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Washington University School Of Medicine
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A multi-center team of researchers has discovered a possible genetic cause of infant lung disease. They found that two patients who developed a potentially fatal form of lung disease within the first months of life both had a mutation of one of the genes responsible for producing pulmonary surfactant, a material in the lungs that keeps them inflated.

A multi-center team of researchers has discovered a possible genetic cause of infant lung disease. They found that two patients who developed a potentially fatal form of lung disease within the first months of life both had a mutation of one of the genes responsible for producing pulmonary surfactant, a material in the lungs that keeps them inflated. The study is reported in the Feb. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.


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