Feeling sick? It might be your gene’s Fault.

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When I start feeling achy and just want to stay in bed all day, I usually blame a virus for ruining my day, but scientists suggest that it might actually be your genes that are making you feel like a pile of poo!

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science (in Israel) are hypothesizing (suggesting an idea or theory) that many of the symptoms you experience while you’re sick are caused by genes in your body working to protect the larger group instead of you. The scientists say that things like feeling tired, not wanting to eat,  or not wanting to hang out with your friends are your body’s way of limiting your contact with others, and therefore keeping you from spreading the infection. Sick individuals might not survive a particular illness, but by separating them from others, and keeping them away from communal food sources their bodies are protecting the larger population from contracting the illness. However, nowadays people tend to ignore their “sick” feelings and take medicine to make them feel better so they can return to work or school, which puts others at risk. So remember, if you feel sick, listen to your genes and stay home.

Want to learn more? Visit http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160107094128.htm

Jan 14, 2016

 

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