A rare mutation allows a 71-year-old Scottish not to feel pain and stress

Up to 60 years, a resident of Scotland Jo Cameron considered her life carefree and deprived of anxieties. The wounds did not bring her pain, healed almost before her eyes, she did not worry about what could fall and hit painfully, even if this happened. She took birth as a “interesting process”, and when, in old age, doctors explained to her that her life was not at all like that of others, she was very surprised at this. And began to compare facts.

Cameron is now 71 years old, and she still does not feel pain, but now he is afraid of this. A few years ago, during an operation on the hand, the behavior of her body put anesthetists into a dead end, and they sent a woman to a genetic examination. There it turned out that she is a mutant, but due to his respectable age and shaken health, now it is fraught with problems. Cameron can, out of habit, skip an important signal of the nervous system and get to the hospital with a complication.

Scientists figured out that Jo Cameron is depressed by the gene Faah, which is responsible for the splitting of the substance of anandamide, by the properties of the identical cannabis. This is not such a rare mutation, but in addition, the woman in addition to this is generated in pseudoen, a non -functional section of DNA. And therefore, Jo Faah does not work at all, because of which she seems to be constantly in a slight drug “ecstasy”: she is relaxed, calm, her reactions to external stimuli are smoothed out.

It has been established that the concentration of anandamide in the body Scotch women stably twice as high and almost never decreases. Therefore, in principle, she did not know what pain and anxiety are, until the doctors explained to her with this. Now, inspired by the discovery, British doctors are looking for a way to safely “disconnect” the Faah gene to alleviate the suffering of people with chronic pains.

Source &#8212 British Journal of anaesthesia

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *