By John Lindaman
Cri-du-chat is a disease that causes delayed development for humans. It affects 1 in every 20,000 babies.
What causes Cri-du-chat is a deleted region in the chromosome 5 pair. The TERT gene is deleted, that gene is important because it keeps the tips of the chromosomes during cell division.
No cures have been found for Cri-du-chat. Most people who have it will go through therapy for help on improving language skills.
Symptoms for Cri-du-Chat are delayed development,weak muscle tone, low birth weight, and distinctive facial features. People with this condition have trouble with things like walking and communicating. Life expectancy is normal for people with this condition
- The name of the syndrome is french for "cry of the cat"
- It is thought that more girls get it than boys
- The disease gets less noticeable as you get older