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Scientists identify specific genes associated with Covid-19 risk

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A group of genes may "significantly increase" one's risk of contracting Covid-19, which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

According to a team of scientists who presented their findings at the ATS 2021 International Conference this month, these genetic risk variants are present in, among others, the ABO gene.

The team included Ana Hernandez Cordero, a postdoctoral fellow of the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at the University of British Columbia who used "integrative genomics combined with proteomics to identify" these genes, according to a news release.

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