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Fiftieth anniversary of trisomy 21: returning to a discovery

Fiftieth anniversary of trisomy 21: returning to a discovery Hum Genet (2009) 126:317–324 DOI 10.1007/s00439-009-0690-1 HIS T O R ICA L AN D P ERSO NA L P ER SPECTIVES Marthe Gautier Æ Peter S. Harper Published online: 30 June 2009 Springer-Verlag 2009 ‘‘In reality, discoveries are due to people at the edge of the there were in fact only 46. This did not affect many people, formalised groups of researchers’’ apart from a few geneticists, and for a long time 48 was still the figure taught in schools. This stage, which seemed sim- Pierre Laszlo ple, was followed by other more important stages that Fifty years ago, I was the co-author of the first paper that brought us closer to finding the origins of life; however, this showed the presence of an additional chromosome (Lejeune did not create such a stir in the media as the launch of the first et al. 1959) in the syndrome identified by Langdon Down artificial satellite Sputnik (meaning ‘‘fellow traveller’’ in in 1866 and commonly known as ‘‘mongolism’’ in France at Russian) a few months later, which drew us closer to finding the time. This, the first autosomal chromosome aberration the origins of the universe. Science advances on different recognised in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Human Genetics Springer Journals

Fiftieth anniversary of trisomy 21: returning to a discovery

Human Genetics , Volume 126 (2) – Aug 1, 2009

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Biomedicine; Human Genetics ; Metabolic Diseases ; Gene Function; Molecular Medicine
ISSN
0340-6717
eISSN
1432-1203
DOI
10.1007/s00439-009-0690-1
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Hum Genet (2009) 126:317–324 DOI 10.1007/s00439-009-0690-1 HIS T O R ICA L AN D P ERSO NA L P ER SPECTIVES Marthe Gautier Æ Peter S. Harper Published online: 30 June 2009 Springer-Verlag 2009 ‘‘In reality, discoveries are due to people at the edge of the there were in fact only 46. This did not affect many people, formalised groups of researchers’’ apart from a few geneticists, and for a long time 48 was still the figure taught in schools. This stage, which seemed sim- Pierre Laszlo ple, was followed by other more important stages that Fifty years ago, I was the co-author of the first paper that brought us closer to finding the origins of life; however, this showed the presence of an additional chromosome (Lejeune did not create such a stir in the media as the launch of the first et al. 1959) in the syndrome identified by Langdon Down artificial satellite Sputnik (meaning ‘‘fellow traveller’’ in in 1866 and commonly known as ‘‘mongolism’’ in France at Russian) a few months later, which drew us closer to finding the time. This, the first autosomal chromosome aberration the origins of the universe. Science advances on different recognised in

Journal

Human GeneticsSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 1, 2009

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