New study shows healthy adults have hundreds of gene mutations

By WEEK Producer

New study shows healthy adults have hundreds of gene mutations

December 6, 2012 Updated Dec 6, 2012 at 12:11 PM CDT

LONDON, UK -- We've all heard the phrase "nobody's perfect" and now, a new gene study proves it is true.

The study reveals average, healthy adults have roughly 400 DNA mutations that are linked to disease.

Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say many of the damaged genes are recessive, meaning they won't cause any harm to the carrier.

However, 1 in 10 people carry a dominant gene mutation, or two copies of the recessive gene and could develop a disease.

They are still trying to determine what to do with this abundance of genetic information.

This study was published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

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