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NEW YORK – Ancestry this week asked its users to contribute their genotyping and health data to genetic research efforts focused on SARS-CoV-2. The Lehi, Utah-based online genealogy firm launched a research project to uncover genetic factors underpinning people's response to the virus. Data collected from volunteers will be used in a genome-wide association study to better understand COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the company said.

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