A woman with a rare genetic mutation could hold the key for pain management
Real-life X-men: A woman living pain free - interesting science news

How is that for a superpower? A woman in Scotland has a genetic mutation in a previously unidentified gene, now dubbed as FAAH-OUT. This gene is involved in endocannabinoid signalling, which is involved in pain sensation, mood and memory.

This woman feels no pain and also experiences almost no anxiety or fear. Its thought that she could also have enhanced wound healing abilities. This could truly guide development of new treatments for a host of conditions.

While there have been several unsuccessful clinical trials with the FAAH-protein, the FAAH-OUT gene could change this scenario especially for post-surgical pain.

Read the full story: University College of London
Scientific publication: British Journal of Anesthesia


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