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We Spoke With the Italian Woman Who Can't Feel Pain 

We Spoke With the Italian Woman Who Can't Feel Pain 
From Gizmodo - December 25, 2017

Earlier this month, scientists discussed a new syndrome, Marsili syndrome, a rare disorder in which people feel significantly less pain than othersso little pain, in fact, they they can break bones without noticing. As far as scientists can tell, theres only one family that has Marsili syndrome: The Marsili family in Italy.

The syndrome has a genetic component, a mutation on a gene called ZFHX2. Theres much we still dont understand about pain, and ZFHX2 is one of several genes that have been shown to affect our experience of pain. But perhaps better understanding the mutation on this gene could help better create pain treatments in the future.

We were able to chat briefly by email with Letizia Marsili, 52, a professor at the University in Siena.

Gizmodo: Did you ever hurt yourself as a child? What was it like?

Letizia Marsili: When I was a child I experienced bad injuries: I remember when I fell off my bike and once I pierced my chest with a nail. I felt pain but just for a while. I mean I had the perception of pain, but [just] for a few seconds

Would you want to feel more pain?

LM: No, I wouldnt want feel more pain since now I know my body... I prefer to have my perception of pain rather than feeling it too much.

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