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Notre Dame honours pro-life geneticist who discovered cause of Down’s syndrome

Jerome Lejeune a French Catholic pediatrician and geneticist died in 1994 (CNS)
Jerome Lejeune a French Catholic pediatrician and geneticist died in 1994 (CNS)

The Catholic physician’s foundation will be given the Evangelium Vitae Medal

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture will award the 2017 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to a foundation begun by the late pro-life French geneticist Jérôme Lejeune.

Lejeune, who died in 1994, was internationally known for his staunch support of pro-life causes. The Catholic physician and researcher was one of the three discoverers of the extra chromosome that causes Down’s Syndrome.

But he became unpopular among fellow-geneticists for insisting that abortion was wrong. After giving a talk on this subject at a major event, Lejeune wrote in a letter to his wife: “Today, I lost my Nobel prize in Medicine”.

In 1989, he established the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation to continue his work in research, advocacy and health care for those with intellectual disabilities. Today, the foundation has branches in Paris, Philadelphia, Madrid and Dubai, making it the largest private funder of research into genetic therapies in the world.

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