Mon Mar 6, 2017 7:29AM
Abby Solomon (Photo by CBS News)
Abby Solomon (Photo by CBS News)
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A woman’s rare genetic disorder could hold the key to weight loss. That’s according to a recent case study.

Abby Solomon was born with a genetic mutation called neonatal progeroid syndrome, which mangles the body and prevents it from making an appetite stimulant hormone.

Dr. Atul Chopra (Photo by CBS News)

This means she needs to eat all the time for her body to function despite rarely feeling hunger. But while difficult for Abby, Dr. Atul Chopra of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, says studying Abby’s case could lead to a breakthrough in tackling obesity and diabetes.

To make that happen, Chopra is developing an anti-body that shuts down the hormone’s effects the way Abby’s body does. The procedure has shown very positive results when tested on mice. Dr. Chopra is now working on gaining the same on humans.