Clear links between human genes and susceptibility to influenza disease are scarce. A recent study uncovers a gene variant coupled to severe influenza, and shows how it hampers the expression of an antiviral gene that is key to immune cell survival.
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This study was funded by the Leading Advanced Projects for medical innovation (LEAP) from the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED); and grant U19AI106772 (to Y.K.), provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, US National Institutes of Health. The authors thank S. Watson for editing the manuscript.
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Eisfeld, A., Kawaoka, Y. Calculated risk: a new single-nucleotide polymorphism linked to severe influenza disease. Nat Med 23, 911–912 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nm.4383