Some People Sidestep COVID—What’s Their Secret?

It’s not only sick patients who help researchers understand diseases. 

In the 1990s, a rare genetic mutation in 1 man who seemed impervious to HIV proved key to creating antiretrovirals against the disease, opening up “a whole new realm of medical science.”
Now, researchers are sequencing genomes of human “outliers.” The aim is to mimic their biological armor to create antivirals not just for COVID-19, but future coronavirus outbreaks.
Early Clue: People with type O and rhesus negative blood types have been linked to less severe illness.


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