A rarest of rare condition that is still tottering to find a name and mention in medical science is the plight of 8-year-old Gabby Williams who is on the road to biological immortality.
The girl, weighs a mere 5 kg and needs all the attention and care of a baby. According to her mother, the girl has not changed much in years. Her condition seems to have stalled the process of ageing such that even though Gabby is eight years old, she has the body of a new born girl.
Experts believe there could be some lessons here regarding biological immortality.
Researchers feel that she suffers from developmental inertia. Medical researcher Richard F Walker said, "When we develop, all the pieces of our body come together and change and are coordinated. Otherwise, there would be chaos."
Perhaps spotting the secret of Gabby's condition could show us the way to halt developmental inertia as people mature. "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," Dr Walker said.