Scientists hit at core of Down Syndrome


imagesResearchers have made a break through at the University of Massachusetts Medical School they were able to shut down the extra chromosome that causes the developmental problems and intellectual disabilities in people with Down syndrome.   Dr. Brian Skotko, co-director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital said, “It really is revolutionary, in terms of causing us all to rethink the one impossible thought — can you make, functionally, that extra chromosome disappear.”

Finding the biological cause of down syndrome has been of serious talk since it was identified since 1959.  Clinical trials for drug therapy will take place and hopefully they could partly restore normal function in the brains of people with Down syndrome.   Scientists believe that to be most effective, therapies would need to be administered during pregnancy.

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