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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.
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

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