Gene associated with lupus may protect against severe COVID-19 infection

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Some genetic variants may put people at risk of autoimmune diseases while conferring protection against the outcome of viral infection. A study published November 3 in the open access journal PLOS Genetics by David Morris and Timothy Vyse at King’s College London, U.K., and colleagues suggests that genetic predisposition for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may be protective against severe COVID-19 infection.


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