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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research News: Scientists replace piece of gene mutated in Duchenne muscular dystrophy in effort to make healthy muscle

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(SOURCE: AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY) – Scientists are using “gene scissors” to cut off the code of a defective gene that results in progressively weaker muscles and death in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and replace it with a synthetic code they hope will one day restore healthy life to these patients.  “We want to use genetically corrected stem […]

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy Research News: Stanford patient is first infant to receive lifesaving drug for neurodegenerative disease

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(SOURCE: STANFORD UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER) – Zoe Harting became the first baby in the world to receive an experimental drug that her doctors hoped would save the lives of thousands of infants like her. Zoe has spinal muscular atrophy type 1, a degenerative neuromuscular disease that kills most patients by their second birthday. Before she began receiving […]

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Muscular Dystrophy Research News: Stem cells police themselves to reduce scarring, study finds

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(SOURCE: STANFORD MEDICINE) Stem cells produce a decoy protein to attenuate growth signals. Artificially regulating this pathway might help keep muscles supple in muscular dystrophy or during normal aging, researchers hope. Treating mice with a compound that increases the expression of an inactive protein helped them heal from injury with less scarring, according to a study […]

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Muscular Dystrophy Causes and News: Scientists Discover Possible Origin of Muscle Disorders

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(UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH CARE) According to a recent press release, muscular dystrophies, congenital heart muscle defects, and other muscle disorders often arise for reasons that scientists don’t fully understand. Now researchers from the UNC School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine have discovered an important process in muscle cells whose disruption could […]