July 20, 2010

Critical Genes Identified for Down Syndrome

I read an interesting article this morning about how researchers have identified specific genes that are involved with Down syndrome. Here is a quote from the article:

"We hope the findings will lead to better strategies for early intervention, even during pregnancy, to reduce neurological consequence of Down syndrome.” He added “This study again highlights that research on Down syndrome can provide us with new insight into the mechanisms that regulate brain growth and may help with better understanding other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.”
 I am always amazed that scientists are able to figure things like this out, and I like the fact that we are understanding more and more about what Down syndrome means for our special little ones. My only hesitation is that I hope people don't use this science to feel an overwhelming need to "fix" babies with Down syndrome in utero so as to prevent what they may see as potential negative characteristics in their child. But maybe this will give hope to those who are pregnant with a DS diagnosis so that they don't feel a pressure to terminate their pregnancy.

Who knows what will come from research like this, but it can't be bad as long as we remember that our children with Down syndrome were perfectly made by a loving God who has promised them love, hope, and a blessed future!

1 comment:

  1. This reminds me of a fiction book called "The Speed of Dark" about an autistic man in a future society where autistics have found a niche. Then a cure is discovered. Will he take it?