E-cigarette use can alter hundreds of genes involved in airway immune defense

Posted by on June 20, 2016 6:13 pm
Categories: Science

Smoking cigarettes alters dozens of genes important for immune defense in epithelial cells in the respiratory tract. These changes likely increase the risk of bacterial infections, viruses, and inflammation. Now, scientists report that e-cigarette use alters hundreds of genes, including the same ones that smoking suppress.

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