A very small proportion of the human population may have some trait that makes them immune to certain inherited genetic diseases, according to a study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.
“Millions of years of evolution have produced far more protective mechanisms than we currently understand,” said Eric Schadt, founding director of the Icahn Institute, which led the research. “Characterizing the intricacies of our genomes will ultimately reveal elements that could promote health in ways we haven’t even imagined.”
The researchers hope to discover what it is about the genomes of certain people — dubbed “superhero DNA” — that protects them, and whether doctors can somehow transfer that protection to others.
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