“Curing” Down Syndrome?
A while back, I weighed in on a topic that can get quite heated – Down Syndrome and the potential prevention of children with it being born. Although I was more focused on a) why people should not be publicly shamed for writing about controversial topics and b) why certain people might become such a fierce defender of letting children with DS be born rather than aborted, I nonetheless received quite a bit of negative feedback on the post from people with children who have DS.
As such, my brain was piqued by the following headline:
The research is many years away from any human applications, and instead focuses on inactivating the extra chromosome present in lab grown cells. Nonetheless, the work represents a huge step forward and overcame tremendous technical problems to actually do the work.
So, I pose this question: if a treatment was available that could reverse or improve the physical and mental problems caused by Down’s Syndrome, would you use it on your child?