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A much better asthma drug has shown promise in early experiments

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A DRUG that can relax specific muscles could become a new treatment for asthma. Many of the people who take current asthma drugs, called beta-2 agonists, become less sensitive to them. This is a dangerous prospect for the 300 million people worldwide with this airway-constricting condition. But Luis Ulloa of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and his colleagues have been working on a new drug, called TSG12, that targets the smooth muscle cells that line our airways. The team says it relaxes tensed-up human muscle cells 100 times more effectively than some beta-2 agonists (Science Translational Medicine,