Fiftieth anniversary of trisomy 21: returning to a discovery

@article{Gautier2009FiftiethAO,
  title={Fiftieth anniversary of trisomy 21: returning to a discovery},
  author={M. Gautier and P. Harper},
  journal={Human Genetics},
  year={2009},
  volume={126},
  pages={317-324}
}
  • M. Gautier, P. Harper
  • Published 2009
  • Biology
  • Human Genetics
  • Fifty years ago, I was the co-author of the first paper that showed the presence of an additional chromosome (Lejeune et al. 1959) in the syndrome identified by Langdon Down in 1866 and commonly known as ‘‘mongolism’’ in France at the time. This, the first autosomal chromosome aberration recognised in the cells of the human species, was named trisomy 21. I thought it would be of historical interest to bring my own personal testimony as an actor in that discovery. 
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