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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Feeling No Pain 

Pain, however unpleasant, is a critical part of our life: it lets us know when and where something is wrong, and encourages us to search for a solution. Quickly. What if you didn't feel pain? It seems like it might be nice, but as this story illustrates, it is anything but. This girl is going to have to live her life being ridiculously cautious, and she'll probably spend huge amounts of time checking herself, and visiting doctors to make sure nothing's wrong.

The idea is fascinating: the mutation is so specific, the deficit so precise, it reminds you how complex and finely tuned our bodies are. Hopefully, this condition can be researched in a way that will lead to a better understanding of nociception and better pain killers.

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