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Researchers find evidence of DNA damage in Vets with Gulf War illness



Researchers find evidence of DNA damage in Vets with Gulf War illness

Share Tweet Share  October 19, 2017 By Mike Richman Veterans Affairs Research Communications  (Source: VA.gov) “Mitochondrial dysfunction among Veterans with GWI may help explain, in part, the persistence of this illness for over 25 years.” Researchers say they have found the “first direct biological evidence” of damage in Veterans with Gulf War illness to DNA within cellular structures … Continue reading

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