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A molecule in your skin may explain why some cosmetics cause rashes

Some skin creams trigger immune responses and we are closer to understanding whySimarik/Getty Images A protein in our skin may explain why cosmetic products cause rashes – and also potentially provides clues to prevent such reactions. Annemieke de Jong at Columbia University, New York, and her colleagues wanted to work out why allergens in perfumes,… Read More »

Modifier Gene May Explain Why Some with Cystic Fibrosis are Less Prone to Infection

Cystic fibrosis is caused by an inherited mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. Due to this mutation, the CFTR protein doesn’t embed in cell membranes to form a channel for chlorine ions the way it should. As a result, mucus-producing cells secrete a thicker-than-normal mucus that can create blockages in the lungs and… Read More »