24th January 08:14
GENE IS DISCOVERED FOR RAPID AGING DISEASE IN CHILDREN
Gene is discovered for rapid aging disease in children
Thursday, April 17, 2003
John Tacket, who has progeria syndrome, says he is just a
regular guy who is "very content" even though he knows
his disease is fatal.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Researchers, led by a team of
scientists at the National Human Genome Research
Institute, have discovered the gene responsible for
progeria, the rare and fatal genetic condition that
causes accelerated aging in children.
The Progeria Research Foundation and the National
Institutes of Health announced Wednesday that scientist
were able to isolate the gene within just a year of
"Isolating the progeria gene is a major achievement for
the medical research community," said Francis Collins,
director National Human Genome Research Institute and
senior author on the report. "The discovery not only
gives hope to children and families affected by progeria,
but also may shed light on the phenomenon of aging and
The disease, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria
syndrome (HGPS) occurs once in approximately 8 million
births. It affects both ***es and all races.
Children are usually diagnosed within two years. Symptoms
included delayed tooth formation, hair loss, aging skin,
arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease. . . .
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