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Advances in Stem Cell Therapy for Down Syndrome

Posted by anna@stemsave.com on Aug 12, 2013 9:11:35 AM

Researchers at UMass Medical School use human stem cells to ‘shut down’ the chromosomes causing Down syndrome. The lead researcher, Jeanne B. Lawrence, a professor of cell and developmental biology at UMass Medical School, explained, “Our hope is that for individuals living with Down syndrome, this proof-of-principal opens up multiple exciting new avenues for studying the disorder now, and brings into the realm of consideration research on the concept of ‘chromosome therapy’ in the future”. The treatment seeks to address the root cause of the disease as opposed to merely mitigating the symptoms of the disease.

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Topics: stemsaveblog, Stemcells, translational genomics, Down syndrome

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