UMass researchers shut off Down syndrome chromosome

By Carolyn Y. Johnson THE BOSTON GLOBE

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have shown that it is possible to do what had once seemed unthinkable — shut down the extra chromosome that causes the developmental problems and intellectual disabilities in people with Down syndrome.

The surprising result — so far accomplished only with human cells grown in laboratory dishes — is the fruit of a daring, out-of-the-box approach by a scientist whose work has been shaped by her early experience counseling families of children with disabilities.

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