Scientists Discover Gene That Reduces COVID-19 Infection By 20 Percent: Study

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  • A group of researchers from Sweden claimed to have discovered a gene that reduces the severity of Covid infections
  • The gene helps the body to make a protein
  • The particular protein helps in breaking down Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid

As the global pandemic has taken the entire globe under its grip infecting millions and leaving thousands dead, a group of researchers from Sweden claimed to have discovered a gene that reduces the severity of Covid infections. As per the study released in Nature Genetics, the gene tends to reduce the infection by 20 percent and has also classified why Covid-19 hits some people harder than others.

Addressing the media, the researchers mentioned that their research will help the experts and scientists to develop vaccines that will be effective against COVID-19. “The presence of this gene varies according to ethnicity,” a researcher said. It has been tested that in people with white European ancestry, the gene is present in one in three people. On the other hand, it is found in eight out of 10 individuals in people with African heritage.

Studies revealed that the gene helps the body to make a protein. This particular protein helps in breaking down Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid. “It also determines the length of the protein OAS-1 and when it is longer, it is better at breaking down Sars-CoV-2,” the scientists added.

Meanwhile, the new strain Omicron has wreaked havoc across the globe with the United States and the United Kingdom being the worst hit. The rising cases and behaviour of COVID-19 have puzzled the researchers since the beginning of the pandemic. To curb the spread, leaders across the globe are revisiting their strategies of fighting the pandemic.

In Hong Kong, the officials have reimposed strict curbs, such as the closure of gyms and in-restaurant dining for dinner. New Zealand, has also delayed a phased reopening of the border to keep omicron out.

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