Friday, March 22, 2013

Get Out Your Stripey Socks

... and celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. It's time to explode the myths and fears that surround this condition.

A final irony : at the same time as a test is coming on the market to eliminate children with Down syndrome, other researchers have realised that these children are not subject to certain common types of cancer. Studies are already underway to identify the genes, called “tumour-suppressor genes” which protect a cell from one step on the path to cancer.

These studies, supported financially by the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, are being carried out at the prestigious University Medical School in Montpellier in the south of France. A second pilot study is also underway in Lebanon, giving the possibility to study a population with a different lifestyle and diet.

The very children whose lives are so much at risk because of public policies to prevent their birth, may help us to find the elusive cure to cancer.

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