Are you SUPERHUMAN? Scientists want people with unusual traits to reveal themselves - and it could earn them $10,000
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.