Down syndrome is a developmental disorder caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21. This extra genetic material causes changes in the production of various proteins, such as enzymes and cell adhesion molecules, which can disrupt metabolic pathways and cause defects in organ development. Modern medical advances and the development of early interventions have reduced the impact of Down syndrome, and as a result, individuals with Down syndrome can now live longer and have fewer physical and intellectual difficulties. ""Down Syndrome"" explains this genetic disease, its history and characteristics, and what scientists are doing to study it.
- Hardback | 128 pages
- 182.88 x 236.22 x 12.7mm | 498.95g
- 15 Jul 2009
- Chelsea House Publishers
- Broomall, United States
- full-colour photographs & illustrations, sidebars, further reading, web sites, references, glossary, index
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About F. Fay Evans-Martin
F. Fay Evans-Martin, Ph. D., has a bachelor's degree in biology from Georgia Southern University, a master's degree in pharmacology from the Medical College of Georgia, and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Georgia. Her primary research interests are in neuroprotection and learning and memory. Dr. Evans-Martin has also taught undergraduate psychology courses, most recently at the University of Louisville.