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Anonymous Study of Innate Gene Variation in Science Gallery Visitors

This experiment tests for variations in a protein called Mal that is related to differences in peoples’ immune response to certain diseases. The research seeks to understand the distribution of these genetic variations within the Irish population.

Many hundreds of proteins are involved in the immune response and they vary among individuals. These differences are caused by genetic variation and help to explain why people have different responses to infections. Mal is encoded by the TIRAP gene, discovered in TCD, which has been shown to be important for controlling the severity of symptoms to malaria, TB, blood poisoning, and chest infections.

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