DNA Markers Link Season of Birth and Allergy Risk
According to a study out of the University of Southampton and published in the journal Allergy found that there is a link between the season you are born and allergy risk. The researchers found the specific DNA markers that link the two.
According to the study, the researchers conducted epigenetic scanning on DNA samples from a group of people born on the Isle of Wight. They found that particular epigenetic marks (specifically, DNA methylation) were associated with season of birth and still present 18 years later. The research team was also able to link these birth season epigenetic marks to allergic disease, for example people born in autumn had an increased risk of eczema compared to those born in spring.
One researcher noted, “Epigenetic marks are attached onto DNA, and can influence gene expression (the process by which specific genes are activated to produce a required protein) for years, maybe even into the next generation. Our study has linked specific epigenetic marks with season of birth and risk of allergy. However, while these results have clinical implications in mediating against allergy risk, we are not advising altering pregnancy timing.”
Future research needs to be conducted to determine why these differences are there and see what can be done to eliminate allergy risk.
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