Is there Superhuman power hiding in the DNA of the Down Syndrome Simian Crease?
Cancer researcher Sandra Ryeom suggests there may be power hiding in Down Syndrome:
Although people with Down syndrome are at increased risk for leukemia, they rarely develop solid tumors, such as cancers of the breast or colon, says Sandra Ryeom, a researcher at Children’s Hospital Boston and author of a study published online Wednesday in Nature. In a study of 17,800 people with the disorder, the mortality rate from cancer was less than 10% of what doctors would expect to see in a general population.
In the past, doctors assumed that people with Down syndrome simply didn’t live long enough to develop solid cancers, because many died in their 30s, Ryeom says. Yet children with the disorder don’t develop common pediatric cancers, either, such as neuroblastoma or bone tumors.
The answer to the mystery probably lies on chromosome 21. People with Down syndrome have three copies of the chromosome instead of two. That extra chromosome — and extra copies of disease-causing genes — are responsible for many of their health problems. But researchers suspected that the extra chromosome may protect them indirectly by preventing tumors from growing new blood vessels, she says.
This sort of research proves the wonderful condition of the investigative human mind is as it weighs in against the spirit of destiny.
Instead of searching for perfection inside average; this Down Syndrome research example proves how we must enter into the imperfect to find undiscovered forms of perfection that hide beyond our common perception.
Proactive Down Syndrome research must be applauded and celebrated as the disabled prove their worth and their power in stretching exception and in demanding reconsideration of what we always falsely believed were average and appropriate.