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Scientists discover a gene that doubles the risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID

Scientists discover a gene that doubles the risk of becoming seriously ill with
Polish scientists have found a gene they say doubles the risk of getting seriously ill with COVID-19, a finding they hope could help doctors identify people who are most at risk for the disease.

With vaccine reluctance a key factor behind high rates of coronavirus deaths, researchers hope identifying those most at risk will encourage them to get a vaccine and give them access to more intensive options. treatment in case of an infection.

"After more than a year and a half of work it was possible to identify a gene responsible for a predisposition to become seriously ill (with coronavirus)," said Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski.

"This means that in the future we will be able to ... identify people with a predisposition to suffer seriously from COVID."

Other genetic factors

Researchers from Bialystok Medical University found that the gene was the fourth most important factor determining how seriously a person suffers from COVID-19, after age, weight and gender.

The gene is present in about 14 percent of the Polish population, compared to 8-9 percent in Europe as a whole and 27 percent in India, said Marcin Moniuszko, the project's lead professor.

In November, British scientists said they had identified a version of a gene that could be linked to double the risk of COVID-19 lung failure.

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