What Is Highlander Syndrome?

It's a rare medical condition affecting less than 5 people worldwide. They age at a much slower rate than normal.

Hyomyung Shin of South Korea is 28 but looks 12. Mentally he is a perfectly healthy adult.

He's fortunate, two of the 5 sufferers, also South Korean, have severe mental retardation and need 24-hour care.

Studies of South Korean genetics could teach a lot about the aging of the body and provide the key to immortality.

The opposite of Highland Syndrome is Progeria, a rare disease characterized by premature and accelerated aging. There are between 50 and 100 sufferers worldwide.

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