Sunday, March 25, 2012

Genetics of flu susceptibility

Researchers find gene that can transform mild influenza to a life threatening disease

A genetic finding could help explain why influenza becomes a life-threating disease to some people while it has only mild effects in others. New research led by investigators from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has identified for the first time a human gene that influences how we respond to influenza infection.

Link to Wellcome-Sanger release on study co-led by MGH investigator Abraham Brass.

Sarah Dionne, Ragon Institute, 617-726-6126,

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