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NEW YORK – An Italian research team has identified multiple genetic variants that may play a role in determining the severity of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2.

The data is the outcome of an ongoing study called GEN-COVID that involves 35 hospitals across Italy. The researchers presented their findings during the European Society of Human Genetics virtual annual conference, which was webcast this week.

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