Researchers have been able to map the genome for the common cold, or, technically, the human rhinovirus infection.

While it’s no more than a nuisance for the very healthy, the common cold can be debilitating for the very young or very old, resulting in asthma attacks and, in rare cases, trips to the emergency room.

Scientists believe that this genetic mapping can lead to the development of medicines that can stop or even prevent the cold virus -- before it can spread.

Read more about it here.