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BY JAMAL ANDRESS
One doctor believes he can find the answer to immortality through the curious case of Gabby Williams.
Williams is eight years old but weighs less than 12 pounds and still needs to be cared for like a newborn. Williams grows at a rate one-fifth the speed of normal people. (Via TLC)
Her disease is so rare that it doesn’t have a name but Dr. Richard Walker from the All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida is working to become more familiar with the condition.
Walker has been working on this disease for the past two years but has studied aging for his whole career. He says what keeps Gabby from aging could be used on adults once they reach maturity. (Via ninemsn)
“If we could identify the gene and then at young adulthood we could silence the expression of developmental inertia, find an off-switch, when you do that, there is perfect homeostasis and you are biologically immortal.” (Via The Inquisitr)
Developmental Inertia is vital to humans but only until they reach adult maturity, which usually happens in our 20’s.
According to Medical Daily, “The result of overcoming developmental inertia isn’t living forever. It simply means old age wouldn’t come with greater risks of cancer, disease, and illness. "'You wouldn't have the later years,' Walker said. 'You'd remain physically and functionally able.'"
Gabby’s parents admit they were skeptical when Dr. Walker originally asked to run tests on their daughter, but after learning the research was focused on Alzheimer’s, they got on board.
"Alzheimer's is one of the scariest diseases out there … If what Gabrielle holds inside of her would find a cure — for sure we would be a part of the research project. We have faith that Dr. Walker and the scientific community do find something focused more on the disease of aging, rather than making you 35 for the rest of your life." (Via New York Daily News)
There are only about a half dozen people in the entire world that suffer from the same disease as Gabby.