Rachel Hoff

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Treating Down Syndrome Not Eugenics

Scientists have learned how to “turn off” the extra gene that leads to Down syndrome. From the <i>Guardian</i> story:<p><b>Scientists have corrected the genetic</b> …

Genetics

New Testing for Down Syndrome: The Establishment Pushes Back

When the new, non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome was introduced at South Shore Hospital last year where I practice, patients were offered several options:<p>They could have an invasive test -- an amniocentesis or a chorionic villus sampling -- that is 100 percent accurate but occasionally …

Halifax mom questions Down syndrome suppression

A Halifax mother is questioning a recent breakthrough that disables the gene that causes Down syndrome, saying the quest to eliminate the condition …

Shutting Down the Extra Chromosome in Down’s Syndrome Cells

Many genetic disorders are caused by faulty versions of a single gene. In the last decade, scientists have made tremendous strides in correcting these faults through “gene therapy”—using viruses to sneak in working versions of the affected genes.<p>But some disorders pose greater challenges. Down’s …

Down Syndrome Treatment Study Shows Experimental Drug Reverses Cognitive Deficits In Mice

There's still no cure for Down syndrome, but recent research is raising hopes that drugs can be found to counter the cognitive deficit that characterizes the genetic disorder.<p>In July, University of Massachusetts researchers said they had found a way to shut down the extra chromosome that causes the …