A BYU graduate student has made a discovery he says could change the way we understand diseases.

And this discovery was all by accident.

Paul Bodily, who is working toward a doctorate degree in computer science, was surprised by his discovery while he was working on assembling strands of DNA for study.

“I sat back for a minute and realized, wait a minute, this really could happen,” Bodily said. “It does happen and it is happening.”

Bodily, who happens to be a former member of the well-known a capella group Vocal Point, was using computers to break apart and look at DNA. He was working on the project with his professor, Mark Clement, and some fellow students. But something seemed off.

“We thought there was an error in the data or where there was an error in our algorithm,” Clement said.

They soon realized there was no mistake.

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