Breathtaking genes

A ‘Circos’ plot depicting how chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has become a global concern – the 3rd biggest killer, defined by poor lung function. Our work shows that many parts of our DNA play a role in our lung health. Peaks in red are newly discovered regions, and the blue ones were previously identified by other groups. Millions of genetic variants from tens of thousands of individuals were analysed in this study. The identified genes will help us understand why some of us have better lung function, and lead to the identification of drug targets of potential relevance to COPD.

FEV1: Forced expiratory lung volume in 1 second; FVC: Forced lung volume capacity; FEV1/FVC: the ratio of the two measurements. Labels in the outer circle show the name of the nearest gene to the newly identified (red) variants. X-axis: Genomic position of variant in genome (chromosome number in the outer circle), Y-axis: Statistical significance of variant in this study (higher the peak the greater the significance)

Mesut Erzurumluoglu Health Sciences

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