Gene behind skin disease identified

Updated: Oct 16, 2012, 09:15 AM IST

London: British researchers have identified a gene that plays a key role in causing a type of skin disease.

A team led by the University of Dundee has identified the "p34 gene" that plays a key role in causing punctate PPK, according to the BBC Monday.

The condition causes dots of hard, thickened skin which are painful and uncomfortable.

It is believed the discovery will allow for easier diagnosis of punctate PPK and help developing new therapies.