Monday, September 27, 2010

9. Sulfur Deficiency and Muscle Wasting Diseases

A serious disorder known as ("Smith-Lemli-Opitz") syndrome (SLOS) is characterized by a genetic defect resulting in an inability to synthesize adequate cholesterol. Most fetuses that are unfortunate to be conceived with this genetic defect don't make it to 16 weeks of gestation before the pregnancy ends in a miscarriage. If they do manage to make it to term, they typically suffer from major brain defects, resulting in autism or other forms of mental retardation [9].

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