Treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) is frequently associated with immune-related adverse events (irAEs). A new study identified an interleukin 7 (IL-7) allelic variant-rs16906115-as a major risk factor for the development of ICI-associated irAEs. This association is of great significance as it indicates that germline genetic variants influence the occurrence of irAEs, thus opening a new avenue for identifying high-risk patients to enable better management of ICI therapy and associated irAEs.