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Genetics affect lung disease and smoking behaviour, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 28 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5150
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Researchers from the United Kingdom have identified genetic differences that affect the likelihood of whether a person will smoke and the predisposition of heavy smokers and non-smokers to poor lung health.

A study by the UK Biobank Lung Exome Variant Evaluation (UK BiLEVE) team analysed genetic data from UK Biobank (, which recruited 500 000 volunteers aged 40-69 from 2006 to 2010 across the UK for long term follow-up of their health, including collection of blood samples for genetic …

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