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  • News in Brief: Gene variant makes flu particularly dangerous

    01/29/2013 11:57:18 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Science News ^ | January 29, 2013 | Tina Hesman Saey
    People with one form of IFITM3 more likely to develop pneumonia Chinese people carrying a particular version of an immune system gene are up to six times more likely to develop severe influenza than those lacking the variant. In a previous study involving mostly people of European descent, scientists found that a few individuals carried a particular form of a gene known as IFITM3 and got hit especially hard by the flu. In China, the variant is much more common...