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Saving Lives With Sugar

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Science  23 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5512, pp. 2339
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5512.2339

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Six years ago, Hudson Freeze noticed that cells from a slime mold showed biochemical similarities to cells taken from a child with a disorder in the way cells manipulate sugars. This chance observation led to the development of a lifesaving treatment for a rare genetic disorder.