Eight Year Old Gabby Williams Doesn't Age; Her Genetic Disorder Could Be The Secret to 'Biological Immortality'

By Chris Weller on August 19, 2013 12:21 PM EDT

Gabby Williams at the Hospital
Gabby Williams' mysterious genetic condition keeps her from aging, prompting one researcher to investigate biological immortality. (Photo: Good Morning America)

Gabby Williams is eight years old but has the skin of a newborn and only weighs 11 lbs. An ultra-rare genetic condition, for which doctors have no discernible explanation, keeps Williams from physically aging and has her parents caring for her nearly the same as the day she was born.

Williams shares her rare condition with only a handful of people around the world, including a 29-year-old man from Florida who has the body of a 10-year-old, and a 31-year-old Brazilian woman who appears no older than two. While the medical community hasn't yet established a cause for Williams' or the others' conditions, research into the genetic disorder has promising implications for overcoming the inertia of aging.

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