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Researchers identify genes that fight the virus causing Covid-19

Hindustan Times | 19/04/2021 02:19 PM | Click to read full article

US researchers led by an Indian-origin scientist have identified a set of human genes that fight SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, a study that could help in understanding the factors that affect disease severity and suggesting possible therapeutic options.

The genes in question are related to interferons, the body’s frontline virus fighters. The researchers want to gain a better understanding of the cellular response to SARS-CoV-2, including what drives a strong or weak response to infection.