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From the Economist, here's an article about how genomic variation affects people's immunity to infectious disease. In particular, the article follows scientists who believe they have found an example of "a disease that was thought to be purely infectious but which has turned out to be purely monogenic—that is, under the control of a single gene." Single genes appear to have such control in a number of diseases, including leprosy and herpes simplex, according to the article.

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