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Kathryn Gross and her daughter, Leneah Gross, 2, take a walk near their apartment at the Spokane Hutterite Brethren colony in Spokane, Wash., in this 2006 file photo. A recent article in the journal South Dakota Medicine examined the high frequency of Bowen-Conradi disease in Hutterite infants. (AP photo)

Hutterite gene: SD researchers study lethal syndrome affecting infants

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Three Hutterite women gather around a table at Oak Lane Colony in rural Alexandria, relishing the air conditioning. It's mid-afternoon, and they've just come in from working in their gardens since 6 a.m.


They talk about colony life, marriage and children, teasing each other as they tell stories. All three have young children.

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