Gene linked to doubling risk of Covid-19 death found by UK scientists

Around 60% of people with South Asian ancestry carry the high-risk genetic signal

Gene linked to doubling risk of Covid-19 death found by UK scientists

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November 5

British scientists said on Friday they had identified a gene in the human body that doubles the risk of dying due to Covid-19, providing new insight into how the illness affects patients and possibly help in developing specific treatments.

Around 60 per cent of people with South Asian ancestry carry the high-risk genetic signal, researchers at Oxford University said, adding the discovery partly explains the high number of deaths seen in some British communities, and the effect of Covid-19 in the Indian subcontinent.

—     Reuters

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