I'm looking for a term to describe when a medical advancement is achieved through, for example, a natural immunity to a disease. For example, the Berlin Patient, who is naturally immune to HIV may hold the cure to HIV.
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"A breakthrough" - an important discovery that is brought about after a long-time effort to understand or explain a scientific problem. Coronary Angioplasty was a major breakthrough in the treatment of Atherosclerotic Heart Disease.
Figuratively, "A rosetta stone" can be used for anything that gives you a clue into the understanding of a difficult (scientific or not)problem. (edited)