Gene discovery could lead to chlamydia cure

Researchers have discovered genes that can affect how the immune system reacts to infections, which they believe could lead to development of a cure for chlamydia.

The sexually transmitted disease (STD) is one of the most common in Britain and usually does not present symptoms in the early stages. This means it often goes untreated, which can result in infertility.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have managed to demonstrate how the STD interacts with the immune system. 

When it came to fighting chlamydia, two genes were found to be key in dealing with the STD. From this, the scientists were able to create an immune cell from human tissue that reacts in a similar way to these genes when exposed to chlamydia. 

They discovered that blocking the two genes meant there was a higher chance of infection. 

These findings suggest that genes could play an important role in the creation of chlamydia therapies. This would mean that treatment is not reliant on antibiotics, which are becoming less effective against the STD over time.  ADNFCR-2094-ID-801835243-ADNFCR