Ethnicity may have a bearing on our immunity levels, researchers have found.
Their study found that many of the genes that strengthen our immune system differ from person to person depending on their ethnicity. This finding could have implications on the idea of personalized medicines.
They found this to be true while cracking the DNA code for a complex region of the human genome. This also meant that drugs, treatments and vaccinations catering for the treatment of whole populations may not work with the intended purpose as probably they need to be tailored for the individual.
"Time will confirm the extent to which this is true. But we've found that sections of the IGH-chain locus' DNA sequence are either missing or inserted into a person's genome, and this could vary depending on ethnicity," said researchers.