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The secret of ageing

may lie inside this girl.

Brooke Greenberg is the size of an infant, with the mental capacity of a toddler. She turned 16 in January.


Brooke hasn’t aged in the conventional sense. Dr. Richard Walker of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, in Tampa, says Brooke’s body is not developing as a coordinated unit, but as independent parts that are out of sync. She has never been diagnosed with any known genetic syndrome or chromosomal abnormality that would help explain why.


Doctors Baffled, Intrigued by Girl Who Doesn’t Age [ABC news]

Walker RF. A case study of ‘‘disorganized development’’ and its possible relevance to genetic determinants of aging. Mech Age Devel 2009; 130:350 [PubMed][pdf (link provided by the research group’s site)]