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
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