Scientific researchers can spend years in the lab on obscure topics like how a sea slug remembers or how a fruit fly sees color. And every now and then, a basic scientist makes a discovery that changes human lives.
NPR science correspondent John Hamilton tells the story of one of these discoveries. It involves an inspired researcher, two determined parents and a young man with a devistating genetic disorder called Fragile X.
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