No Link Between Genetic Risk Factor And Severe COVID Among South Asians: Study

No Link Between Genetic Risk Factor And Severe COVID Among South Asians: Study

New Delhi: The major genetic risk factor for COVID-19 severity in European population may not increase the susceptibility to the disease among South Asians, according to a study that used data from India and Bangladesh. Since the beginning of the pandemic, scientists have wondered why some people experience more severe symptoms and adverse outcomes from COVID-19 than others. An earlier research done on European population suggested variations in a specific segment of DNA, or genetic material, is strongly associated with severe COVID-19 infection and hospitalisation. Also Read: Delta Variant 60 Per Cent More Transmissible, Reduces Vaccine Effect: UK Experts This DNA segment is present in 50 per cent of South Asians as compared to 16 per cent of Europeans. A team of scientists, led by Kumarasamy Thangaraj, from CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad and Professor Gyaneshwer Chaubey, from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, analysed the role of this DNA segment in determining COVID-19 outcomes among the South Asian population. The finding, published in the journal Scientific Reports on Friday, concluded that the genetic variants responsible for COVID-19 …
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