Genetics may explain severe flu in Chinese people

Associated Press
Genetics may explain severe flu in Chinese people

FILE - In this Monday, April 21, 2003 file photo, a Chinese man wearing a mask removes his glasses while walking with others in downtown Beijing, China. A genetic variant commonly found in Chinese people may help explain why some patients got seriously ill with swine flu, a discovery scientists say could help pinpoint why flu viruses hit some populations particularly hard and change how they're treated. Less than one percent of Caucasians are thought to have the gene alteration, which has previously been linked to severe influenza. About 25 percent of Chinese have the gene variant, which is also common in Japanese and Korean people. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

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