The case of a woman who feels almost no pain leads scientists to a new gene mutation

Analysis of the DNA of a Scottish woman who feels almost no pain led U.K. researchers to find a genetic mutation that seems to explain her extreme insensitivity to pain.
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Doctors in Scotland were amazed when a 66-year-old woman underwent what is normally a very painful operation on her hand for severe arthritis and required little to no pain medication afterward. Similarly, two years ago, she was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in her hip with significant joint degeneration, yet she complained of no discomfort before, during, or after her hip replacement surgery.

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