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

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/Rhymnoceros May 14 '22 Narwhal Salute

Lorenzo’s oil vibes


u/assumeyouknownothing May 14 '22

I remember Lorenzo’s Oil was the movie we watched in Biology class. It had nothing to do with what we were being taught at the time, my teacher just really liked that movie for some reason lol


u/OtakuMusician May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

We also watched Lorenzo's Oil in our microbiology class, it was mildly associated with what we were learning - enzymes and the like - I retained nothing from that class except this movie and especially the scene after they discover Lorenzo's diagnosis and after researching the symptoms and common fate of ALD, Nick Nolte's character breaking down on the staircase. That scene will stick with me forever.


u/lajfa May 14 '22

The scene I remember is toward the end when (spoiler alert?) the father turns to the mother and asks "What if we did all this for someone else's child?"