Following up on the news from yesterday, headlines reporting on the development where scientists have “turned off” the extra 21st Chromosome that is the basis for Down syndrome spread a telling message of what news editors think will grab the public’s attention:
One mother poignantly comments on this development and wonders what else we may be silencing:
I am all for medical advancement that will cure illness but DS is not an illness. I am hopeful that this latest discovery may help design targeted, specific therapies for some of the more serious health issues that can come with DS however, most discussion in the mainstream media talks about how we will cure these problems by “curing” DS. It really bothers me because curing DS fundamentally changes every aspect of our kids. They will no longer be the people that they are.
* * *
In our rush to “cure” all of the perceived “devastating” consequences of DS, are we unwittingly going to “cure” all the beauty too?
If you could cure Down syndrome by silencing the 21st Chromosome, would you?