MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH: Researchers who understand "'nouveau technologies' of biology" are needed to develop allergy treatments, notes Hoechst Marion Roussel’s Martin Wasserman.
Allergies are the immune system's way of overreacting. After growing sensitized to allergens-like pollen, pet dander, and dust-the body's immune system responds to these chemicals whenever they appear. According to the Washington, D.C.-based Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Americans spend $2 billion annually seeking allergy relief. Antihistamines, the classic form of drug relief, block histamine, a critical chemical in the allergic response.
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