Could Down Syndrome Be Cured?

Scientists recently identified a compund that could reverse learning disabilities casued by a Down Syndrom when injected right after the birth.  This finding is still being researched and has not yet been proven to work on people. But there is hope!

U.S. researchers, led by Professor Roger Reeves at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, identified that small molecule known as a sonic hedgehog pathway agonist dramatically boosts the learning ability and memory of mice with a Down’s syndrome-like condition. The cerebellum of the mouse brain grew to a normal size – most people with Down’s syndrome have a cerebellum that is only 60 per cent of the normal size.


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