Professors Receive $3.3 Million Grant to Develop Peanut Allergy Immunotherapy
By: Amanda Bowman
With Halloween candy inundating store shelves all over the nation, schools and day care centers are emphasizing their strict “no peanut products allowed” policies at a fever pitch. According to The Peanut Institute, only 0.6 to 1 percent of people have a peanut allergy, ranging from mild to severe. That may seem like an insignificant percentage, but that means 46-78 million people are affected worldwide.
Three faculty members from Texas Tech University are working toward eliminating peanut allergies through a $3.3 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).