Museum of Science spotlights UMMS Down syndrome discovery

September 06, 2013

The Museum of Science in Boston is featuring UMass Medical School scientist Jeanne Lawrence, PhD’s recent in vitro discovery silencing Chromosome 21 in Down syndrome for its “Behind the Headline” presentations during the month of September.

“Behind the Headline” is a rotating presentation that explores an exciting science and technology story in the news. In the “Silencing Chromosome 21” presentation, viewers learn how harnessing a naturally occurring mechanism to silence the extra chromosome causing Down syndrome could lead to a future treatment.

The discovery was published in July in the Journal Nature. Dr. Lawrence, professor of cell & developmental biology, has explained the development for dozens of media outlets around the world.

View the Museum's Daily Schedule for up-to-date presentation times.

Related links on UMassMedNow:

Newsmakers: Fresh Insights Into Down Syndrome; Leaps against Down;New Scientific Discovery May Hold Key to Saving Infants with Down Syndrome

UMMS scientists silence extra chromosome in Down syndrome cells

Merck Fund awards $1 million for research into Down syndrome