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Wednesday, February 29, 2012


The first International Rare Disease Day was four years ago, on that rarest of days, February 29th. Today is the fifth one, and again falls on 29/2. In Europe a disease is defined as rare if it affects fewer than 1 in 2,000 people, by which criterion Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (A1AD) at between 1/1500 and 1/3500 for people of European descent and practically zero for other ethnicities is definitely "rare". So today I wave my shoddy DNA in the air like a flag, and proudly celebrate my low levels of serine protease inhibitors, raising a glass along the way to my brother and cousin who died from the condition.


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