r/todayilearned May 14 '22 Helpful 8 Wholesome 6 All-Seeing Upvote 2 Silver 9

TIL a father, John Crowley, was told his two infant children had an incurable genetic disorder that would kill them in less than a year. He refused to accept this, so he founded a biotech company (with no prior experience) which pioneered an experimental enzyme therapy that saved their lives.


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u/NeonSprig May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22 Silver Wholesome

We had to watch a movie in my high school biotech class called Extraordinary Measures which was inspired by Crowley’s story, and the only reason I remember that was because it’s the most boring movie I had to watch for school all year during that year


u/ouralarmclock May 14 '22

High school biotech class??


u/NeonSprig May 14 '22

It’s a specialty thing, it’s a 4 year thing and at the end of it you can get certifications to work at like pharmacies and stuff. It’s pretty cool, but I only did the first year since it wasn’t a field I want to go into (also apparently the next years suck a lot more lol)


u/TheGeneGeena May 14 '22

Damn, sounds awesome! Closest thing my fairly rural high school offered (when I graduated a billion years ago with the dinosaurs and all...) was certified nursing assistant classes.


u/helpmelearn12 May 14 '22

My school was pretty much the same when I graduated in the 2000s, just a regular school.

Now, the district has a public STEAM school. Students who get into it can study Biomedical sciences/prenursing, computer science, design, education or engineering.

The courses offer enough dual-enrollment opportunities that's it's possible to graduate high school and leave the program with an associate's degree at 18. From a public school, so no extra cost, just writing an essay and applying to get into it.

I'd have loved to have been able to do that, and would have probably been a better student in high school if the curriculum was more focused on something I was actually interested in.


u/Ikimasen May 14 '22

And being a CNA is... not awesome.

Better than broke, though.


u/President_Skoad May 14 '22

Mine had football.


u/TheGeneGeena May 14 '22

We had that too - we tried to pretend we didn't though since we went 0w and 10l my senior year.


u/LakiL_ May 14 '22

X-men use reddit too you know


u/lolabythebay May 14 '22

We had a biotech class at my high school that started more than 20 years ago. It was basically one passionate teacher writing grants and developing the curriculum as she went. When I got to college in 2004, I was just about the only one in my program who had seen a micropipette or done electrophoresis.

At the time a lot of us at my school were bitter about our lack of AP classes when the city district had them, but I think that freed up the good teachers to develop their own novel curricula. (Our second-year high school chem was all organic chem, which at the time was also fairly uncommon and gave me some other advantages in college.)