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Dear Dr Natarajan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asthma

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/asthma/

http://www.webmd.com/asthma/default.htm

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/

http://www.asthma.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salbutamol


There is still no permanent cure for Asthma.

isn't it ?

Can you classify Asthma as Genetic disease ?

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Hi Prashant,

Asthma is considered genetic disease. There are certain genes which have variations in them causing them to produce proteins when exposed to any triggering agent. These proteins attack one's own tissue. The gene variations therefore predispose carriers to asthma. It is a combination of genetic factors and environmental agents. All of this information is quite known. Regarding cure, there is none in western medicine. I am not aware of Indian medicine but it is thought that avoiding certain kinds of food can heavily bring down attacks of asthma.

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Answers in Genetics, genomics, cytogenetics of syndromes, congenital anomalies, cancer, clinical genomics and interpretation of omics data.

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More than 10 years. Doctoral research thesis on Congenital anomalies and cytogenetics, Recurrent reproductive failure and chromosomal abnormalities. Postdoctoral experience in Breast cancer research. Current: Clinical Genomics and Pharmacogenomics.

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Cancer Cell International, Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, Breast cancer research and treatment, Indian Journal of Pediatrics, BMC Proceedings, Pharmacogenetics and Genomics, Human Molecular Genetics, Frontiers in Genetics, Cancer Biomarkers.

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PhD Biomedical Genetics

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University Grants Commission Award for pursuing PhD level research (India); Travel awards to attend conferences.

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