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Researchers finding treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 00:00

Melbourne: Australian Researchers are on the
verge of finding a treatment for the muscle wasting disease
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

Researchers of Western Australian University (WAU) in a
joint study with Oxford University, carried out on mice, have
found a way of restoring the production of the protein
dystrophin which is lacking in those with the disease,
according to ABC report today.

The university`s Sue Fletcher said the method has proved
successful in the treatment of DMD in mice, preventing severe
deterioration and extending their lifespan.

"We`ve been working on this for ten years and it`s
another step in showing scientific proof that this really does
reduce the severity disease in a severe model and it adds more
hope perhaps for families," she said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 00:00

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