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Scientists uncover gene behind skin disease

October 16, 2012
"We have not only found this gene but we have been able to figure out how it works, which is very important”
- Prof McLean

A team led by the University of Dundee believes it has made a significant step in understanding a skin disease which affects thousands in the UK.

esearchers have identified how the "p34 gene" plays a key role in causing the disease punctate PPK.

The condition causes dots of hard, thickened skin which are painful and uncomfortable.

It is believed the discovery will allow for easier diagnosis of punctate PPK and help developing new therapies.

The research team, led by Prof Irwin McLean at the University of Dundee, has published its results in the journal Nature Genetics.

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