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Rhinovirus infections, genes and childhood asthma

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Genetic variants at the 17q 21 locus are associated with childhood onset asthma. About 80% of asthma episodes in children are precipitated by respiratory viral infections and human rhinovirus (HRV) is the culprit in around two-thirds of these cases. …

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