Life with­out pain

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Con­gen­i­tal on­genit li in­sen­si­tiv­ity to pain (CIPA) is a ge­netic dis­or­der that af­fects fewer than one in a mil­lion peo­ple. For some­one to get CIPA, they must re­ceive a copy of the gene from both par­ents, who in turn must both have a spe­cific chro­mo­some mu­ta­tion – thought to be the chro­mo­some that de­ter­mines nerve growth. Nerves carry mes­sages from your body to your brain via the spine. For peo­ple with CIPA, this process doesn’t work, so the brain doesn’t re­ceive pain mes­sages.

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