Popular Mechanics (South Africa)

How the human genome is helping to fight COVID-19


Since the beginning of the pandemic a few years ago, scientists have raced to figure out why some people contract severe cases of Covid from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, while others experience few to no symptoms at all. In a recent study published to the journal Nature, an internatio­nal team of roughly 3 000 scientists combed through genetic data from 46 studies and pinpointed 13 locations in the human genome that influence the susceptibi­lity and severity of the disease. This informatio­n could help scientists identify high-risk population­s and develop better treatments. To see this research in action, read ‘Can America’s fastest supercompu­ter defeat COVID for good?’, on page 48 of the July/August 2022 issue.

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