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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A pair of studies in Nature Genetics has linked new variants to risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

COPD is the third leading cause of death around the world, according to the World Health Organization, and the 2016 Global Burden of Disease study linked it to 2.9 million deaths that year. While smoking is a significant risk factor for COPD, other environmental exposures and genetics are also thought to influence disease risk.

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