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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Smoking gets a lot of attention for causing lung cancer, but researchers at Washington University want to learn more about its role in causing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the fourth-leading cause of death in the U-S. The university's School of Medicine will use a $14.9 million grant to understand the relationship between cigarettes, genes and viruses that may lead to C.O.P.D. The grant comes from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health. C.O.P.D affects an estimated 24 million Americans. About half of those afflicted are undiagnosed, believing their shortness of breath is a sign of poor fitness or aging.

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