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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.
Study identifies predictors of poor outcomes in Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients

Study identifies predictors of poor outcomes in Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients

Specific regions of silenced DNA help define cell's identity, study suggests

Specific regions of silenced DNA help define cell's identity, study suggests

CRISPR-Gold corrects gene mutations in mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

CRISPR-Gold corrects gene mutations in mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Novel gene therapy can inhibit, reverse multiple sclerosis in mouse models

Novel gene therapy can inhibit, reverse multiple sclerosis in mouse models

University Of Minnesota scientists describe breakthrough in research related to FSHD

University Of Minnesota scientists describe breakthrough in research related to FSHD

Penn researchers find abnormally shortened telomeres in young DMD patients’ muscle stem cells

Penn researchers find abnormally shortened telomeres in young DMD patients’ muscle stem cells

Potential rare gene mutation could act as predictor for schizophrenia and autism

Potential rare gene mutation could act as predictor for schizophrenia and autism

New technique makes it possible to look at how muscles work

New technique makes it possible to look at how muscles work

Using liquid spring technology to create bionic knee braces

Using liquid spring technology to create bionic knee braces

Cardiac stem cells from young hearts can make older hearts young, study says

Cardiac stem cells from young hearts can make older hearts young, study says

Protein changes essential for normal adult muscle function

Protein changes essential for normal adult muscle function

Cardiac stem cell infusions could help reverse aging process in the heart, study shows

Cardiac stem cell infusions could help reverse aging process in the heart, study shows

Expert highlights CRISPR’s applications, limitations, and ethical concerns

Expert highlights CRISPR’s applications, limitations, and ethical concerns

Preclinical study demonstrates efficacy of gene therapy in treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Preclinical study demonstrates efficacy of gene therapy in treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Cellular antennae play key role in muscle-to-fat transformation

Cellular antennae play key role in muscle-to-fat transformation

Researchers discover basic genetic mechanism that causes congenital myotonic dystrophy

Researchers discover basic genetic mechanism that causes congenital myotonic dystrophy

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