We have all heard of the possibility of some people being gifted with the ability of the sixth sense. Even science has often been puzzled by this mysterious ability and despite various experiments; people have failed to understand the logic and reasoning behind it.
The Research Subjects
In one of the recent studies published in the New England journal of medicine, scientists started their research on two people – a 9-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman. They both had neuromuscular diseases that seemed rare. They essentially lacked proprioception which means that they are not aware of the presence of their body in space. So, unless they actually see their body parts, they can’t control or track the position of their arms or feet.
After research, it was found that both the patients had mutated gene PIEZO2. This is essentially the gene that controls the ability to touch and even proprioception. It was Bonnemann who examined both the patients. Both of them faced a lot of difficulties even while walking as they had a hard time coordinating their basic movements too.
Further, it was seen that they could sense both pain and temperature but there was a lot of other sensation which they failed to register.
After a lot of studies, it was concluded that mainly owing to the mutation in that gene, the production of a protein of the same name gets blocked. It is this protein which actually helps people in responding to the different sensation.
A parallel research conducted in the same gene but on mice also hinted that these patients were essentially touch-blind. Further, there is speculation that the PIEZO2 gene may be linked to skeletal growth and even development factors too. When the mutation has been found in 2 people, scientists assumed that it may be present in a lot of other people and may have been undiagnosed too.
There are a lot of possibilities of varied levels of mutation in the gene. Each level could lead to a different ailment and different kind of blindness. This also made the researcher question as to whether this gene is the one that plays a role when it comes to sixth sense.
There is a strong possibility that people who have a more than active PIEZO2 gene may actually end up having a greater sense of touch alertness. This may even help them get an athletic advantage or could possibly lead to the puzzling mystery of the sixth sense.
While none of the theories could actually prove this point, we do realize that the theories do seem to link at this possibility. There is still a lot to discover to finally clear the dilemma of the sixth sense, but this seems like an interesting explanation at this point of time.