Are you SUPERHUMAN? Scientists want people with unusual traits to reveal themselves - and it could earn them $10,000
Posted 2/3/2014 12:20:00 PM

A team of scientists has launched an  international search to find ‘superhumans’.

The researchers hope to track down people  with rare phenotypes – for example, people who are somehow protected from  disease or whose skin stretches a great deal or heals very  quickly.

They hope studying these people could  eventually help them to find treatments, or even cures, for severe diseases,  such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.


They believe it could also help them find new  treatments for diabetes, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and  asthma.

The project, Innovation Challenge, has been  launched by UCB, a global pharmaceutical company.

Professor Dame Kay Davies, Director of the  MRC Functional Genomics Unit at the University of Oxford said: ‘This is an  innovative approach to developing new medicines which potentially holds much  promise.

‘Traditionally, finding individuals and  communities that possess medically interesting phenotypes has proved difficult.

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Posted By: Producer Thomas  
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