Man’s DNA Becomes Identical To Another Person Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away

Every person is born with unique strands of DNA, proteins that contain our genetic code. As a natural ‘social security number,’ DNA tests can help the police catch criminals during investigations. Although these tests are highly regarded, one man threw the entire science into question.

Chris Long, a resident of Reno, Nevada, had his DNA become identical to a German man who was ten years younger than him. How did this happen? And what does this mean for future DNA tests? Read the story that has baffled scientists from around the world.

The Life-Threatening Diagnosis

Chris Long poses for a photo for the New York Times.
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In 2015, specialists diagnosed Chris Long with acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome. But to Chris, those scientific terms translated to blood cancer. The father of two had abnormal tumor growth in his bone marrow, which infected his blood cells.

Those who have acute myeloid leukemia (AML) have a 24% chance of survival. The only treatment is to combine chemotherapy with a bone marrow transplant. While Chris considered his options, he understood that his future seemed bleak.