Rare disease sets mom’s research agenda

By Tina Hesman Saey, 13:59 PM February 7, 2013

When a child is diagnosed with a mysterious disease, the lives of everyone in the family change. But when Leslie Gordon’s son Sam was diagnosed with a rare premature aging disease, the lives of dozens of families changed. As a pediatrician and medical researcher at Brown University, Gordon set out to learn what caused her son’s condition and how to treat it.

Sam looked fine when he was born, but he didn’t grow the way other babies do. His primary teeth didn’t come in on time, and he seemed a b...

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