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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dr. Jerome: ‘If I don’t protect them, I am nothing"

‘If I don’t protect them, I am nothing": The man who discovered Down syndrome

by Peter Baklinski

Thu Mar 21, 2013

Dr. Jerome Lejeune

FRANCE, March 21, 2013 ( – The world was his oyster. Not only was he a young, handsome medical researcher passionate about improving human lives, but he was the first to make the genetic breakthrough that Down syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra 21st chromosome.

Fame, glory, and prestige were heaped upon him for his discovery. He was splashed across the front pages of national newspapers. He became an advisor to the president. He received the highest award in genetics. He shot to distinction as a scholar, teacher, and researcher.

But Dr. Jerome Lejeune of France was also a man of truth, committed to his principles. (...)

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