Tuesday, April 12, 2016

People Who Avoided Illness Could Be Key in Treating Those Who Didn’t

Researcher's have studied the genetic sequences of 600,000 healthy adults and have found 13 individuals that inherited a deadly mutation in their genes. The interesting thing about this is that all 13 of them should have died in their childhood. Instead, they are all alive and well and have escaped the effects of the genes. This scientific breakthrough can help scientists in fixing gene mutations by using these remarkable genomes to create therapies for other people suffering from diseases.

I find this all very interesting. There are a lot of diseases that can be traced back to gene mutations. Even though scientists are able to locate exactly where the disease comes from, most of the time there is no way to restore the gene. These findings will now one day allow us to easily correct gene mutations by creating "compensating mutations" that will correct the bad one.



1 comment:

  1. I find it extremely interesting that genetic mutation could have saved them from ever getting sick. I did not know that deadly mutations could possibly be a "dud" in genes. I figured that if a person had a deadly gene in their body, they would die from it.