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L'X fragile sera vaincu | Fragile X will be conquered

Roche Eureka Moment on Disorder May Aid Autism Probe (Update1)

Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) — Researcher Luca Santarelli wasn’t sure what do to with an experimental medicine developed in the labs of his employer, Roche Holding AG, until a 2007 meeting with a concerned father led to a “Eureka moment.”

Mike Tranfaglia, whose son has the rare brain disorder Fragile X syndrome, met Santarelli to present new research linking the disease to a chemical in the brain that may also play a role in Alzheimer’s and autism. Santarelli, 41, says this made him see how the experimental drug could be used to treat Fragile X, the most common inherited form of retardation. Roche may test the pill in patients this year.

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