How capable are your lungs?
Pulmonary function is an important indicator of your risk of lung diseases and conditions. By looking at measures such as forced expiratory volume in the first second (which measures how much air you can force out in one second) and forced vital capacity (which is the total volume you expire), it is possible to diagnose conditions such as emphysema, asthma, and even respiratory infections.
Although the genetic factors determining pulmonary function have been previously studied among groups of European individuals, one large, multi-ethnic study found 47 new statistically significant loci that may be influencing pulmonary function.
Among these loci, some of the associated genes found were those previously found to play a role in inflammatory responses, which is an important defense mechanism for the lungs against particles and other matter. In other words, the findings contribute to our understanding of pulmonary biology. Read more about the interesting study here (and do check out their ancestry-specific analyses!): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30061609
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