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Down's Symptoms May Be Treatable In the Womb 170

Posted by timothy
from the hey-kid-drink-this dept.
missb writes "US researchers have found that prenatal treatment for Down syndrome works in mice. This raises the possibility that a pregnant woman who knows her unborn child has Down syndrome might be able to forestall some of the symptoms before giving birth. When fetal mouse pups that had a syndrome similar to Down's were treated with nerve-protecting chemicals, some of the developmental delays that are part of the condition — such as motor and sensory abilities — were removed."
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Down's Symptoms May Be Treatable In the Womb

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  • The article use of the pregnant woman knowing and preventing. It isn't a bad summary and the article doesn't seem to make clear.

    I was looking for some sense that knowledge of the condition might produce some automatic results from the mother's body. But, that was before I realised it was impossible to communicate with mice. Atleast, without a babelfish.
  • by neuromanc3r (1119631) on Thursday November 27, 2008 @06:55PM (#25911981)

    US researchers have found that prenatal treatment for Down syndrome works in mice.

    Today is a happy day for all mousekind!

  • by mumb0.jumb0 (1419117) on Friday November 28, 2008 @05:44AM (#25914775)
    I'm shocked by how many people have said "it's cheaper just to abort". Since when did human life become so cheap? Or to those that have said "the child would rather have not been born than to be born with Down syndrome": how can you possibly speak for that child? Who are you to make that life and death decision on their behalf? Disabled does not mean "better off dead". Did nobody else see the article about Stephen Hawking on the front page today? This is about preventing or reducing a disability. It's about giving a person a better chance at life. Think of it this way: if you were going to be born with a malformed left arm, but it could be rectified in the womb, what would you choose? Death or a normal arm?

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