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

Wisdom teeth and stem cells

ATLANTA — “Families that have children with special needs are desperately seeking answers.” And one of the last places Gail Heyman ever thought to look was in her son’s mouth. But there in the back, in the aptly named wisdom teeth, answers for researchers at Emory.

“Scott was not diagnosed until he was 9 years old.”

Scott Heyman has Fragile X, a genetic disorder. Scott’s mother Gail says, “Fragile X is the leading cause of mental impairment that is inherited.”

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