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

Fragile X syndrome could be eased by a pill | Researchers work to develop first treatment for genetic learning disorder

WASHINGTON – A pill to ease a type of mental retardation? An experiment is under way to develop one, aimed at a genetic disorder that might unravel some of the mysteries of autism along the way.

Chances are you’ve never heard of the target — Fragile X syndrome — even though it’s the most common inherited form of intellectual impairment, estimated to affect almost 100,000 Americans. It’s also the most common cause of autism yet identified, as about a third of Fragile X-affected boys have autism.

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