Something to Smile About

1 decade 11 months 6 days ago Tuesday, November 13 2007 Nov 13, 2007 Tuesday, November 13, 2007 7:53:15 AM CST November 13, 2007 in News
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PLEASANT GREEN (AP) - A mid-Missouri family hopes the 2007 Nobel Prize in medicine will increase public awareness and research support for a rare genetic disorder. Vicki McCarrell runs the Moebius (MOE'-bee-us) Syndrome Foundation from her restored 19th-century plantation home north of Sedalia. Moebius patients lack two cranial nerves that control facial muscles and eye movement, so they can't smile or make other common facial gestures. McCarrell's 17-year-old son Sean was born with the disorder. A University of Utah scientist shared the Nobel Prize for developing a method to manipulate mouse genes to mimic human diseases such as Moebius syndrome. The technique could eventually help unlock the mysteries behind the rare condition.

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