Genetics of Infections

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Even when a not very virulent flu virus goes around, some people still get sick, and some of those even die. Of those people who get sick or die, some are elderly and some have co-morbidities like obesity or being a smoker that contribute to their illness, says Amalio Telenti, a professor at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. But some of those people who get sick or die from the not-very-virulent flu virus were healthy. "That's when you start thinking about genetics," Telenti says.

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