Asthma linked to DNA damage

An MIT study finds dust mites don’t just cause allergies — they can also harm DNA.

  • The results suggest that DNA damage may also be an important underlying factor in asthma exacerbation caused by inflammation during infectious diseases such as rhinovirus infection, the researchers say.
  • Allergies induced by dust mites can harm DNA in lung cells.
  • “Our findings show that dust mites can not only induce an immune response, they can also cause direct DNA damage in the lung epithelial cells.

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@MIT: “An MIT study finds dust mites don’t just cause allergies — they can also harm DNA.”


A study from MIT and the National University of Singapore links allergies caused by house dust mites to DNA damage. The findings could help predict asthma patients’ risk for lung tissue damage.


Asthma linked to DNA damage | MIT News