Meeting the “man who saved my son’s life”

“I’ve got really cool stuff in my body,” 6-year-old Baraa Ismail proclaimed to Hudson Freeze, Ph.D., professor in the Human Genetics program at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP).

And, indeed, he does. 

Baraa and his mother, Sara, didn’t know it at the time, but he was born with a rare change in his DNA that interfered with his body’s ability to attach a sugar to proteins—altering the course of his life. 

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