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The boy who could feel no pain

Posted on Thursday, 14 December, 2006 | Comment icon 21 comments


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"A young Pakistani street performer and members of three related families have enabled scientists to make a genetic breakthrough that could lead to more effective painkillers."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by TeraLink on 17 December, 2006, 2:18
Oh, that'd be neat. My biology teacher's stepmother & daughter both have that. Which is interesting, because he (My teacher) suffers from slight twitching, so sometimes his leg would accidentally kick her , which of course, she wouldn't feel. TeraLink Was Here!
Comment icon #13 Posted by MadMachine on 17 December, 2006, 19:34
I agree that the inability to feel pain is a great disadvantage when it comes to survival. Really not that helpful to a human.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Tombob on 18 December, 2006, 6:14
awesome.
Comment icon #15 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 20 December, 2006, 18:04
Certainly a shame he died at such a young age. Apparently, nobody told him, despite feeling no pain, it doesn't necessarily mean one is immortal.
Comment icon #16 Posted by openmind1963 on 22 December, 2006, 2:25
i saw a show on DHC a few months back about a little girl that did'nt feel pain either.they said she could stick her hand in boiling water,and still not feel it.they worry one day she'll just drop dead because something that has happened to her,like a cut,or an infection,simply because she could'nt feel pain and because she did'nt,she was at a higher risk of dying than anybody else!
Comment icon #17 Posted by dantheman2435 on 22 December, 2006, 3:52
I've got a high pain tolerance, I feel pain, but it dosent really affect me that much. Years of meditation will do that to you.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Maaatt on 30 December, 2006, 16:46
Can't help but imagine the military applications. As one of the members said previously, machines... Quoting Battlefield2; "Alright. You're good to go, buddy. Now, get back to the fight"
Comment icon #19 Posted by KBA on 31 December, 2006, 13:26
I wonder if they're able to feel physical discomfort. Kind of like having a stomach ache or a headache. Basically, would they be able to know if they were sick or not?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Dezmond on 31 December, 2006, 19:06
Sounds really weird. We have a high tolerance for pain in the family which can be quite handy at times but sometimes it isn't. A few weeks ago I decided to practice some gymnastics but on the trampoline my knee hit my chin cutting 2 teeth right through my lip (teeth were just fine) but my shirt was soaked in blood. I didn't feel a thing so I thought I was fine until someone looked and saw quite a big hole in my chin, he could see my teeth through it so I had to be taken to the hospital to get some stitches(sp?) in it. Luckily I did because even with the stitches it took a few weeks to heal com... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by scorch on 31 December, 2006, 22:14
so what is the advantage of this stuff over anesthetics? h. *** you get to be awake


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