A Rare Genetic Mutation Reveals Secrets of the Common Cold

A rare mutation that nearly killed a young girl has revealed insights into the common cold.

Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases conducted a genetic analysis of a child who had been laid low by repeated bouts of rhinovirus (the virus that causes colds) and influenza infections severe enough to place her on life support. By combing through her genome, they found a single mutation that they say obstructed her body’s natural disease-fighting pathway. The

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