JÉRÔME LEJEUNE (1926-1994): FATHER OF MODERN GENETICS

  • Marianna Karamanou
  • Emmanouil Kanavakis
  • Ariadni Mavrou
  • Eleni Petridou
  • George Androutsos

Abstract

Jérôme Lejeune’s greatest achievement was the discovery of the genetic basis of Down’s syndrome, which he named trisomy 21. His important research in human genetics, as well as his humanitarian spirit and fight against therapeutic abortion, rightly led to his recognition as the founder of modern genetics.

 

Key words: Jérôme Lejeune, Down’s syndrome, trisomy 21, anti-abortion movement

Published
2018-05-08