Scientists Identify Genetic Cause of Previously Undefined Primary Immune Deficiency Disease – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Approximately 500,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with what are called Primary Immune Deficiency Diseases. Dr. Helen Su at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says a genetic cause has been discovered for one that was previously undefined.
Dr. Su: I think itís important to realize that even though there are very few patients, they really are very helpful for humanity as a whole because the immune system is so important to all of us, in fighting infections, preventing us from getting allergies, preventing us from developing cancers.
Narrator: Primary immune deficiency diseases are caused by inherited defects in the immune system. For more information on this discovery, visit www.niaid.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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