New Genetic Therapy Could Erase Down Syndrome : NPR. New Genetic Therapy Could Erase Down Syndrome The journal Nature reports that researchers may have found a way to correct the chromosome defect that causes Down syndrome, though it will be years before it could be used as a therapy.
What type of gene therapy can be applied to Down syndrome?
The new application of this idea is called chromosome therapy. Down syndrome is caused by the presence of a third copy of chromosome number 21. Chromosome therapy could be used to “silence” or turn off the extra copy, which contains hundreds of genes, with the hope that that would turn off the effects of Down Syndrome.
Who is a famous person with Down syndrome?
|Edward Barbanell||Actor who starred in The Ringer|
|Sam Barnard||Actor and reality star who appeared on The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and The Undateables|
|Jay Beatty||Celtic F.C. fan|
|Jamie Brewer||Actress who appeared in American Horror Story: Murder House and American Horror Story: Coven|
Can a Down syndrome child look normal?
Some of the children with Mosaic Down syndrome that we know do not actually look as if they have Down syndrome – the usual physical features are not obvious. This raises some important and difficult social issues and identity issues for both parents and children, which parents have discussed with us.
Can trisomy 21 be cured?
There is no cure for Down syndrome, but treatment is available to help your child. Your child may need physical, occupational, and speech therapy to help with their development. Many children are helped with early intervention and special education.