8-year-old never ages: Immortality seems unrepresentable -- as much or perhaps more than death itself. All those that have tried to achieve immortality, have failed miserably. Even Jesus himself couldn't avoid dying. However, according to a report from ABC News on Aug. 16, mankind may be one step closer to finding the fountain of youth due to research of a mysterious condition suffered by very few people such as Gabby Williams, a little girl from Billings, Mont., who is 8 years old but weighs only 11 pounds.
According to recent advances in biogerontology, the key to immortality seems to be not the Holy Grail or Philosopher's Stone but the genetic X syndrome, a mysterious disease of unknown etiology that causes extremely slow growth. Those who suffer from it (until now only 3 known cases) suffer delinquent prodigious age, as if their cells were immune to time.
The most striking case is that of Nicky Freeman, a 40-year old man with an estimated biological age of only 10. Although the most studied case is that of Brooke Greenberg, a young American of 17 years with the timeless look of a baby.
Both hormonal and chromosomal level seems quite normal, so does the length of their telomeres, corresponding to their chronological age. His brain, however, is that of a 9 month old, and anthropometric measurements correspond to one of 11 months. His teeth are similar to those of an 8-year-old boy and his bones have a biological age of 10 years.
"In some people, something happens to them and the development process is retarded," said medical researcher Richard F. Walker. "The rate of change in the body slows and is negligible."
It's just that lag in development that has led some to postulate the hypothesis that it is caused by a failure in growth regulatory genes and to discover the mechanics of that which can lead to understanding, and possibly the abolition of aging. In the words of Richard Walker, leading expert in the case of Brooke Greenberg: "Immortality is possible."