New research published this month in Nature Communications studied the pain thresholds of identical twins, and determined that chemical changes within their genes were responsible for their unique sensitivity to pain. The researchers theorize that by manipulating these genes, it may be possible to directly control and regulate a person’s sensitivity to pain. The discovery could lead to extraordinary breakthroughs in pain management, ranging from new painkillers to better targeted pain-relieving lifestyle choices. The full paper may be read here.
Posted on February 12, 2014