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A protein that blocks allergies

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Fifty million people in the United States suffer from allergies. But relief could be forthcoming.

Fifty million people in the United States suffer from allergies. But relief could be forthcoming. The April 2005 issue of Nature Medicine reports that researchers engineered a protein that inhibits allergic inflammation in mice—and could someday be used to block people's immune responses to allergies.

The next step: Researchers successfully tailored the protein to block responses to cat allergens, in particular, and will tackle other specific allergens in turn. Now, that's nothing to sneeze at!

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