April 20 2011 NIH News – Common genetic variant linked to pulmonary fibrosis risk

Common genetic variant linked to pulmonary fibrosis risk

NIH-funded genome study could lead to increased knowledge of lung-scarring diseases.

Scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health have identified a common genetic variant associated with substantially increased risk of developing pulmonary fibrosis, a debilitating and life-threatening lung condition. The genetic variant is found in a region of DNA thought to regulate the production of an important mucus-forming protein.

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