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Indonesian ‘tree man’ has grown roots

November 18, 2007

Dr Anthony Gaspari and Dede

News stories don’t come much weirder than this:

“Dede, now 35, baffled medical experts when warty “roots” began growing out of his arms and feet after he cut his knee in a teenage accident.

Dede’s problem is that he has a rare genetic fault that impedes his immune system, meaning his body is unable to contain the warts.

The virus was therefore able to “hijack the cellular machinery of his skin cells”, ordering them to produce massive amounts of the substance that caused the tree-like growths known as “cutaneous horns” on his hands and feet.”

Read the full story and watch a video: here

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