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Vampires may have been REAL people with a blood disorder: Scientists publish clearest ever study linking blood-sucking beings with a genetic mutation

The folklore of vampires has inspired horror stories for centuries.

But according to new research, the blood-sucking beings may not have been as otherworldly as we think.

A new report published by Boston Children’s Hospital breaks down evidence to show that it all stems from observations about people with a certain blood disorder. 

Today, erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) remains rare but is better understood as a genetic mutation that affects oxygen in the blood and makes sufferers allergic to the sun. 

Centuries ago, however, it is understandable that people may have seen people with EPP as supernatural, given the lack of scientific understanding. 

While this is not the first time vampires have been linked to EPP, it is believed to be the most comprehensive analysis connecting the two.  

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