Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 23 June 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 25, p. nf59
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2004.25.nf59]


Racing Against Time

Leslie Gordon, a scientist and mother of a child with a premature aging syndrome, is doing everything she can to find a cure for the disorder

Ingfei Chen

Abstract: As a scientist-physician at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Leslie Gordon is pushing to find a cure for Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS)--a rare and deadly disease that afflicts her own son, Sam. HGPS mimics certain aspects of aging, and patients survive an average of 13 years, usually dying from heart disease. In 1999, Gordon and her husband, pediatric emergency physician Scott Berns, set up the Progeria Research Foundation. The organization has created essential resources for scientists investigating HGPS, including a cell and tissue bank and a clinical database that tracks the medical history of patients worldwide. Gordon also spearheaded the formation of a research consortium that in 2003 announced the discovery of the gene that goes awry in HGPS.

Citation: I. Chen, Racing Against Time. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (25), nf59 (2004).

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