These 10 most interesting and extremely rare genetic disorders might be some of the strangest disorders you never knew existed.
A genetic disorder is a cause of DNA mutation and there are various factors as to why this kind of mutation happens. This can be inherited when a genetic disorder runs in the family or it can be acquired for some reason or another. One big factor, however, is the environment. Things like radiation exposure or other pollutants such as cigarette smoke, can result in genetic mutations, and 1 in 10 Americans are affected by rare diseases according to Global Genes. The organization also says there are different rare genetic disorders affecting people all over the world.
However, not all genetic mutations result in something perceived as negative. There are many cool genetic mutations and cool genetic disorders that have been shown to result in things like an increased pain tolerance or increased flexibility and strength, just to name a few examples. Traits like red hair, two different color eyes, freckles and even blue eyes are all the result of genetic mutations and considered by most as beautiful genetic mutations in humans. So, you see, the words “genetic mutations” may sound kind of scary, but it happens more often than you might think.
We gathered our data of the most interesting and extremely rare genetic disorders with the help of the National Organization for Rare Disorders. There are tons to pick from, but we decided to pick ten out of the many. The ten we’ve picked are not commonly heard about and pretty rare when it comes to finding extensive research or a number of people who are affected. Some of these are named after well-known people, however some have names we’re not even sure how to correctly pronounce. Many of these mutations can affect the physical and even mental aspects of a person. It can deform a person’s face and body which could also lead to fatality and shorten the lifespan of a person. Due to the fact that all these genetic disorders are rare and have different effects, we did not rank the list in any particular order.
Let’s take a look at our list of the most interesting and extremely rare genetic disorders.