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Scientists identify genes associated with COVID-19 risk

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TORONTO — Scientists say they have identified a group of genes that may “significantly increase” the risk of developing COVID-19.

New research, presented at the ATS 2021 International Conference on Friday, suggests that having genetic risk variants in the ABO gene, among others, might increase one’s chances of contracting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

According to a press release, Ana Hernandez Cordero, a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at the University of British Columbia, and her colleagues used “integrative genomics combined with proteomics to identify” these genes.

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