Putting a Bug in Your Ear
Gene variants may increase susceptibility to middle ear infections
Michael Schubert | | Quick Read
Middle ear infections are one of the most common ailments of childhood. But not everyone is equally susceptible – why? A research group at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus has discovered a way to identify those who may be more at risk. Describing for the first time the expression of the FUT2 gene in the middle ear (1), the researchers found that levelsspike within 24 hours of bacterial infection, and also that certain variants of the gene alter the overall microbiome of the middle ear.
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