Variants at Gene Linked to Kidney Disease, Sleeping Sickness Resistance, University of Pennsylvania Study
Published: Jul 31, 2013
A new study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers involves a classic case of evolution's fickle nature: a genetic mutation that protects against a potentially fatal infectious disease also appears to increase the risk of developing a chronic, debilitating condition. Such a relationship exists between malaria and sickle cell anemia. Individuals who carry a gene to resist the former are carriers for the latter.