Looking up for those with Down’s

An extra chromosome is all it takes to get Down’s Syndrome, and researchers have found out that as a result of Down’s the brain has too much myo-inositol. Myo-inositol inhibits intellectual ability (it’s also active in people with Alzheimer’s).

Professor Declan Murphy, the lead researcher, says that they are now looking into ways to inhibit the production of myo-inositol. At the very least the researchers’ discovery paves the way for earlier diagnosis and treatment for Down’s.

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