Woman cured of an immune genetic disease, spontaneously!


A 9-year old girl who had a very rare genetic immune disease called WHIM while growing up, was apparently cured in her 30s, spontaneously. Scientists have attributed it to a phenomena called Chromothripsis or ‘chromosome shattering’ during which chromosome pairs disintegrate and reassemble themselves into random and chaotic positions, with hundreds of gene alleles getting lost forever in the shuffling. Researchers claim that the woman might have got rid of the defective gene during one such scrambling of DNA in one of her blood stem cells. Their findings were published in the journal Cell.

The little girl was the first known case of a person who suffered from WHIM (Warts, Hypogammaglobulinemia, Infections, and Myelokathexis) syndrome back in 1964 and was documented in two reports in The New England Journal of Medicine. People who are afflicted with WHIM suffer from recurring infections due to poor immunity and when they grow into…

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