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Science in mind

Scientist talks about long road for research into potential Down syndrome treatment

The surprising discovery earlier this year that it was possible, in a lab dish, to shut down the extra copy of a chromosome that causes Down syndrome ignited hopes that the technique could one day be developed into a therapy. The scientist who led the work, Jeanne Lawrence of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, cautioned that such a prospect was exciting, but that many years of work would be needed before the method could even be tested in people.

Lawrence sat down with a small group of reporters at the American Society of Human Genetics meeting that took place in Boston last week to give a hint of how her research is progressing.

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