A Woman, 71, Doesn’t Feel Pain. Now, Scientists Know Why: A Mutation.

Scientists discovered a previously unidentified genetic mutation in a Scottish woman. They hope it could lead to the development of new pain treatment.

The New York Times
Mar 29 · 5 min read
Jo Cameron, 71, has a rare genetic mutation that keeps her from feeling pain or anxiety, according to a new scientific report. Researchers hope the finding can help develop more effective treatments for pain. Photography: Mary Turner

By Heather Murphy

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