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  1. 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
    beginning research.

    "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
    cardiovascular disease."

    The disease, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria
    syndrome (HGPS) occurs once in approximately 8 million
    births. It affects both sexes 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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