Found this article on the british lung foundation website, can't remember if it was on AUK or not.
""Scientists have found the cold-fighting protein that asthmatics lack â€” and this new knowledge could save many lives.
Common cold viruses trigger about 85 per cent of asthma attacks in children, and 60 per cent of those in adults, so picking up a winter bug isnâ€™t just annoying, it can be life-threatening.
Professor Sebastian Johnson, one of the UKâ€™s leading asthma specialists, has identified the virus fighting protein that astmatics lack and is working with drug companies to find a way of replacing it in asthmatics and making them as good at fighting off infection as the rest of the population.
Asthma UK, which supported the research, says Johnsonâ€™s research is a â€œbreak-through in understandingâ€ and the British Lung Foundation says it will be â€œinvaluable in improving the treatment of people with asthmaâ€.