Scientists call them genetic superheroes because they remain healthy although they carry genetic mutations that lead to various diseases.
These 13 people have impairments in their genes, that leads to diseases, in early childhood, but at them they are not developed – the only problem is that doctors can’t find them.
Scientists hope that through such “genetic superheroes” they will reveal how the genetic mechanism works and they will come up with new ways of treatment. They studied the genetic code of 589 000 people, to find those who are immune to genetic defects usually lead to the development of diseases. These 13 people have genetic damage, but not diagnosed.
“Most genetic studies have focused on the causes of diseases, but we see an opportunity in the discovery of what helps people to stay healthy. Millions of years of evolution have led to the development of a number of safeguards that we do not understand,” said Professor Eric Schad, founder project “Resilience”.
“If we could find those thirteen people it would be closer to finding natural ways to prevent disease,” said Stephen Friend, the second founder of the project.
Scientists will try to find those 13 “genetic superheroes” and to convince them to participate in research, and thereby to help the human race in the fight against many dangerous diseases.