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The muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement. Some forms of MD are seen in infancy or childhood, while others may not appear until middle age or later. The disorders differ in terms of the distribution and extent of muscle weakness (some forms of MD also affect cardiac muscle), age of onset, rate of progression, and pattern of inheritance.
Defining patient centricity

Defining patient centricity

Near-atomic resolution 3D snapshots show how key biological machine unfolds problematic proteins

Near-atomic resolution 3D snapshots show how key biological machine unfolds problematic proteins

SLU scientists discover nuclear receptor that appears to play key role in muscle regeneration

SLU scientists discover nuclear receptor that appears to play key role in muscle regeneration

New approach could potentially prevent muscle wasting in muscular dystrophy and cancer

New approach could potentially prevent muscle wasting in muscular dystrophy and cancer

Decades-old drug used to treat malaria reduces toxic protein linked to ALS

Decades-old drug used to treat malaria reduces toxic protein linked to ALS

Researchers find long-lasting benefits of gene therapy in dog model of myotubular myopathy

Researchers find long-lasting benefits of gene therapy in dog model of myotubular myopathy

Researchers discover connection between processes that keep the heart from repairing itself

Researchers discover connection between processes that keep the heart from repairing itself

Scientists identify new gene that prompts muscle stem cells to fuse together

Scientists identify new gene that prompts muscle stem cells to fuse together

Weekly doses of steroids help hasten recovery in muscle injuries

Weekly doses of steroids help hasten recovery in muscle injuries

Preclinical data reinforces potential efficacy, durability of investigational gene therapy for DMD

Preclinical data reinforces potential efficacy, durability of investigational gene therapy for DMD

EPFL researchers discover protein that kick-starts gene expression in nascent embryos

EPFL researchers discover protein that kick-starts gene expression in nascent embryos

Actress Kiruna Stamell argues about gene editing with Dr Christopher Gyngell

Actress Kiruna Stamell argues about gene editing with Dr Christopher Gyngell

NIH scientists discover mitochondrial 'circuit breaker' that prevents damage to the heart muscle

NIH scientists discover mitochondrial 'circuit breaker' that prevents damage to the heart muscle

Researchers correct Duchenne muscular dystrophy using gene-editing alternative

Researchers correct Duchenne muscular dystrophy using gene-editing alternative

BMJ Innovations releases first collaborative definition of patient centricity co-created by AstraZeneca

BMJ Innovations releases first collaborative definition of patient centricity co-created by AstraZeneca

Researchers discover small protein essential for formation of skeletal muscle

Researchers discover small protein essential for formation of skeletal muscle

Researchers achieve new step towards treatment of myotubular myopathy using gene therapy

Researchers achieve new step towards treatment of myotubular myopathy using gene therapy

Scientists develop novel technique to screen non-coding DNA of genome for diseases

Scientists develop novel technique to screen non-coding DNA of genome for diseases

New research reveals surprising culprit involved in self-destruction of axons

New research reveals surprising culprit involved in self-destruction of axons

SLU researchers aim to tackle diabetes and obesity by capturing benefits of exercise in pill form

SLU researchers aim to tackle diabetes and obesity by capturing benefits of exercise in pill form