Coronavirus: How do genetic mutations help scientists uncover its weaknesses?


Patients with a genetic mutation reveal vulnerabilities of the Corona virus

During his youth, Stephen Cron was feeling helpless, as he watched his friends fall, one by one, prey to an unknown disease.

And when the disease, which we know as AIDS, became the body of his gymnastics partner Jerry Green, in 1978, Crohn expected that he would not escape his inheritance.

However, while Greene lost his sight and debilitated his body, Crohn’s had no symptoms. Within a decade, dozens of Crohn’s friends faced the same fate, and he survived.

The reason for his resilience remained unknown until immunologist Bill Paxton began his research on homosexuals fighting HIV in 1996.


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