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Scientists are hoping to gain new insights into the mysteries of ageing by sequencing the genome of a 17-year-old girl who has the body and behaviour of a tiny toddler.
Brooke Greenberg is old enough to drive a car and next year will be old enough to vote — but at 16lb in weight and just 30in tall, she is still the size of a one-year-old.
Until recently she had been regarded as a medical oddity but a preliminary study of her DNA has suggested her failure to grow could be linked to defects in the genes that make the rest of humanity grow old.
If confirmed, the research could give scientists a fresh understanding of ageing and even suggest new therapies for diseases linked to old age.
Originally posted by vesta
Okay, Sad as it is............she is the "said" size of a 1 year old and she can drive??? Got to go to bed was up late for the ATS live radio.....will re-coup my brain later..............
Imagine if you could infect a puppy with this thing?? perpetual puppies! man, the marketing possibilities!!!
Originally posted by Blanca Rose
I couldn't imagine what it would be like to have a perpetual baby.
Imagin if someone like Bin Laden, or Hitler, came across something like this. They would be able to stay young for decades (possibly centuries) and bend the world to their will without ever aging past their youngest troops. That would horrible, because if you think about it, the main reason people do things is because they are afraid of how they will be seen after they are dead and gone.
Originally posted by endisnighe
The brain's cells are the only ones that cannot replicate themselves. Once they die, they are gone. If they can figure a way to either allow replication of the cells or the aging process in the brain, this could lead to furthering the life expectancy.