The risk of developing a genetic disease drops off as we age
Very Interesting|January/February 2022
It's widely known that as we age, our immune systems become weaker and slower to respond to infection, leaving us at a greater risk of becoming ill. But when it comes to developing genetic diseases, the risk of us getting ill actually wanes with age, a study carried out at the University of Oxford has found.

We each inherit half of our genes from our father and half from our mother. Our genes not only play a huge role in our appearance and development, but also influence our risk of developing diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

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