Skip to comments.Down Syndrome Researcherís Sainthood Cause a 'Witness to Life'
Posted on 03/24/2014 6:06:14 AM PDT by marshmallow
Washington D.C., Mar 21, 2014 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The life of Dr. Jérôme Lejeune, a French researcher who discovered the genetic cause of Down syndrome, is an example of faith, respect for the dignity of all human life, and search for truth in science, say those who work to spread his legacy.
"The example of Jerome Lejeune is a man who serves as a witness in contemporary time for challenges that we all face," said Mark Bradford, president of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation USA, in a March 18 interview with CNA.
As he has learned more about Lejeune, Bradford said he "came to know him as a deep man of faith, a deep man of family, a commitment and love for his family, and an incredible love for science and realized that all of that sprang from his deep faith.
Lejeune discovered that Down syndrome was caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21 in 1958. People with the syndrome present a variety of different conditions, including growth delays, varying levels of intellectual impairment, and a variety of physical abnormalities.
He spent the rest of his life researching treatments and cures for Down syndrome and the people living with it.
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