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Treatment to Cure Form of Muscular Dystrophy Advances

Researchers have found what may be a permanent cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disabling and eventually fatal genetic condition that affects approximately one in 5,000 boys worldwide.

The disease, also called DMD, causes the body to make a defective copy of a skeletal protein called dystrophin that holds muscles together.

That defective protein causes muscles to weaken and wither to the point that boys with Duchennes end up wheelchair-bound, and usually die of heart or respiratory failure in their 20s and 30s.

It’s an X chromosome-linked disorder, meaning the defective gene that makes dystrophin is passed on to sons by their read more >>>

Source : VOANews.Com