A whole host of personal traits are determined in part by your DNA. There are a number of reasons why a virus can make one person seriously ill, while another will have few symptoms, or even none at all. Besides risk factors such as age, underlying conditions and a weakened immune system, in the case of SARS genetic factors also appear to play a role.
Susceptibility to SARS (2003) and heredity
A number of genes have currently been identified that could influence your individual susceptibility to the SARS virus (2003), such as genes that are involved in regulating viral infections in general. DNA variations in these genes can increase or reduce your susceptibility. On the basis of your DNA it is therefore possible to predict your personal susceptibility to the SARS virus (2003).
Please note: It is not yet clear whether this predisposition also has any relevance for the current coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Studies are being set up at the moment to look into this question, so we may be able to add new information about this in the future.
Check your genetic susceptibility to SARS (2003)
Would you like to find out your genetic susceptibility to SARS (2003)? If you request an iGene Passport, you will have an insight into your own DNA profile within 6 weeks and will be able to check this straight away – as well as your genetic predisposition to various other personal traits, external features and hereditary conditions.
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As well as informing you about various personal traits, an iGene Passport will also provide you with information on all kinds of hereditary conditions. In addition, you will receive targeted information that will help you to reduce the risk of developing them. If you make use of our message service, you will continue to receive information based on the latest scientific insights.