Before you ask, no– she cannot regenerate her limbs and neither does she have adamantium claws, go scout somewhere else, Professor X. Still, there now seems to be a genetic mutation that can make a human being immune to pain. It happened to one fortunate (or unfortunate) senior citizen living near the Loch Ness in the UK.
71-year-old Jo Cameron is a tough woman, most people her age usually are, but Cameron is different because she just shrugs off pain, panic, and fear like a superhero– in fact, she can’t feel any. All of this is due to a genetic mutation, according to doctors and researchers. Apparently, she had a previously unidentified gene which caused it.
Cameron actually started noticing what she had back when she was young. She would not notice any cuts or burns until she starts smelling or seeing blood or burnt flesh. Additionally, it is speculated that Cameron also heals faster than most humans when it comes to physical injuries. Here she is:
“I had no idea until a few years ago that there was anything that unusual about how little pain I feel – I just thought it was normal. I would be elated if any research into my own genetics could help other people who are suffering,” expressed the old lady. She was also given the lowest rating on a common anxiety scale, meaning she never panics or gets scared.
The genetic analysis for Cameron reveals that she had two notable mutations in a gene. Researchers designated the said gene FAAH-OUT (seriously). The FAAH gene is known to pain specialists and doctors as crucial to endocannabinoid signaling which is responsible for pain sensation, mood, and memory.
Apparently, mice do not have that said gene, making them experience reduced pain sensations but they do heal better and quicker to compensate for that. How Cameron developed such a genetic mutation is still a mystery, but doctors do urge people who might have the same mutation to come forward for research.
“We hope that, with time, our findings might contribute to clinical research for post-operative pain and anxiety, and potentially chronic pain, PTSD and wound healing, perhaps involving gene therapy techniques,” says Dr. James Cox, of UCL Medicine. Apart from being insensitive, Cameron lives a normal life with her family.
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