Stephen Friend: The hunt for “unexpected genetic heroes”

What can we learn from people with the genetics to get sick — who don’t? With most inherited diseases, only some family members will develop the disease, while others who carry the same genetic risks dodge it. Stephen Friend suggests we start studying those family members who stay healthy (aka genetic heroes). Hear about the Resilience Project, a massive effort to collect genetic materials that may help decode inherited disorders.

Inspired by open-source software models, Sage Bionetworks co-founder Stephen Friend builds tools that facilitate research sharing on a massive and revolutionary scale. Full bio

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