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Joaquin M. Espinosa
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Joaquin M. Espinosa, Ph.D., is a Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and the Associate Director for Science at the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and later trained at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. In 2009 he was appointed as an Early Career Scientist of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research team investigates mechanisms of gene expression control, with a focus on cancer biology and Down Syndrome. When not in the lab or classroom, he is probably rock climbing somewhere in the mountains around Boulder searching for fresh perspectives on how to defeat cancer and eradicate the ill effects of trisomy 21.

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Why We Should All Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

(3) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 4:47 PM

March 21st is internationally recognized as World Down Syndrome Day. Just like typical people, individuals with Down syndrome have two copies of each of their 23 chromosomes but they have third copy of chromosome 21, a genetic condition known as trisomy 21, hence the celebration on March 21st or 3-21.

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Supreme Court Justice for the Chromosome Rights Movement -- the Next Frontier

(11) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 5:56 AM

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled against chromosome discrimination. Now, citizens with two X chromosomes can marry somebody with two X chromosomes, and those with a Y chromosome can marry other folks with a Y chromosome too.

Undoubtedly, this is a great victory for the Chromosome Rights Movement, but the...

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Does Study of Down Syndrome Hold a Possible Cancer Cure?

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 10:04 PM

What images and thoughts come to your mind when you think of Down syndrome?

Do you think of cognitive disabilities, short stature and contagious smiles? There is something that you are probably not thinking about: Our friends and relatives with Down syndrome may hold a cure for cancer.

Down syndrome...

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Funding Cancer Research: The Danger of Brightly Colored Ribbons

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 6:36 PM

Pink ribbons are for breast cancer, dark blue ribbons are for colon cancer, white ribbons are for lung cancer, gray ribbons are for brain cancer, emerald green ribbons are for liver cancer, and zebra-striped ribbons are for carcinoid cancers. January is cervical cancer awareness month, represented by the teal-and-white ribbon....

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One Less Cancer to Worry About (If Only)

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 5:01 PM

Thankfully, there is one cancer that I no longer have to worry about. I just need to figure out when exactly my seven-year-old twin daughters will have sex for the first time.

In 2013, around 12,000 American women will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer and...

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Which President Will Cure Cancer?

(43) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 2:45 PM

Imagine the following headline on tomorrow's Huffington Post:

'Terrorist-made virus kills millions'

The fictional news article would read like this:

The World Health Organization (WHO) released today a report announcing the discovery of a terrorist-made virus (TMV) capable of killing millions of people around the globe every year.

In the...

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Cancer Is About Relationships -- Get Personal

(13) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 3:09 PM

Life is an emergent property, something more than the sum of its parts, the irreducible product of complex relationships between inanimate components. After all, we are made of the same stuff as the dead matter around us. But how are we so different? An analysis of our bodies the minute...

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