Volunteers are being invited to take part in a flu study to understand why some people are more susceptible to the virus than others.
Experts are looking to pinpoint DNA differences between people who become seriously ill from flu and those who fight off the infection.
They hope to uncover specific genes that may make people more vulnerable to developing a life-threatening illness. Understanding these genetic differences could help scientists to devise new treatments, experts say.
With flu season well under way, we’re hoping people will come forward to help us in our vital research to understand how our bodies fight the virus.
Dr Sara Clohisey, The Roslin Institute
How to Volunteer
People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to take part, regardless of whether they have had flu or not.
Register to take part in the study at http://baillielab.net/genomicc
You’ll be contacted if your DNA is needed for the study and you'll receive a brief medical questionnaire and a saliva donation pot in the post.
A small number of volunteers may be asked to travel to The Roslin Institute to donate a blood sample if they are able to do so.
The research is funded by Wellcome. The Roslin Institute receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
For more information please contact:
Press and Public Relations Officer
The Roslin Institute
t: +44 (0)131 650 6514