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Are You Physically Less Likely to Become Infected with COVID-19?

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Three newly-defined phenotypes (observable characteristics or traits for an individual) that capture genetic associations which may provide protection against SARS-CoV-2, are presented in a study published in Nature Genetics. The findings—revealed through the analysis of self-reported outcomes of COVID-19 from more than 700,000 customers in the United States of a DNA testing company—suggest that this method of data collection can complement clinical studies of COVID-19, notably for milder cases of the disease.

Genetic association studies can help to identify the genes and biological pathways underlying a given physical outcome or trait. Large-scale genetic ...