A review of Extraordinary Measures

Rare diseases and drug discovery don't usually make for Hollywood blockbusters. But today (January 22) a film about a genetic affliction that strikes fewer than 10,000 people worldwide hits movie screens, and it has some serious star power behind it. Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser head up the cast of Extraordinary Measures, a new movie that may lift Pompe disease from the shadows of obscurity into the spotlight, as the focal point of an inspirational story of paternal love and scientific innov

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Jef Akst is managing editor of The Scientist, where she started as an intern in 2009 after receiving a master’s degree from Indiana University in April 2009 studying the mating behavior of seahorses.

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Jan 21, 2010
Rare diseases and drug discovery don't usually make for Hollywood blockbusters. But today (January 22) a film about a genetic affliction that strikes fewer than 10,000 people worldwide hits movie screens, and it has some serious star power behind it. Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser head up the cast of Extraordinary Measures, a new movie that may lift Pompe disease from the shadows of obscurity into the spotlight, as the focal point of an inspirational story of paternal love and scientific innovation.
A screen shot from the movie. Note The Scientist's poking cameo
appearance next to the computer(black arrow).

Image: YouTube trailer (screen shot)
"The movie is a great exposure for a rare genetic disease," said Duke University School of Medicine's linkurl:Priya Kishnani,;http://www.dukehealth.org/physicians/priya_kishnani who studies Pompe and participated in much of the research that led to the first and only approved treatment for the disease -- a quest...
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