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The Thin Gene


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"Abby Solomon suffers from a one-in-a-billion genetic syndrome: After just about an hour without food, she begins to starve."

"At 5 feet 10 inches tall, she weighs 99 pounds."

"Now 21 years old, she is one of the few people in the world to survive into adulthood with neonatal progeroid syndrome, a condition that results from damage to the FBN1 gene. This mutation mangles noses and eyes and destroys the layer of fat under the skin so that even teenagers look middle-aged. It also interferes with the body’s ability to make a hormone called asprosin, which regulates blood sugar. Atul Chopra, a medical geneticist at Baylor College of Medicine, told me that people with the disorder don’t experience ordinary hunger — instead they waver on the edge of hypoglycemia and must constantly snack to keep from passing out."

Sounds like a dreadful condition. Perhaps we can learn something from this affliction?

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