Huge Study Will Try to Determine Causes of COPD
The biggest-ever study of genetics and lung disease is currently underway. Data from as many as 50,000 people in the U.K. will be used to help find out what factors impact each person’s lung health, and why smoking harms some people’s lungs more than others.
The study, conducted by the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester, will try to determine why some people are genetically at greater risk of lung disease, in particular, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a major cause of death, blending chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Cigarette smoking has been identified as its main cause.