Local scientists work to better understand muscular dystrophy

The term “muscular dystrophy” doesn’t refer to just one disease but rather covers more than 30 inherited diseases. “Each form of muscular dystrophy is caused by a genetic mutation particular to that type of the disease. Many of these mutations are inherited but some occur spontaneously in the mother’s egg or the developing embryo and can be passed on to the next generation,” the Mayo Clinic website says. A team out of Augusta University is in the midst of researching how muscular dystrophy works.  “We have been studying muscular dystrophy pathologic mechanisms for a while,” said Dr. Lin Mei, a neuroscientist who is the chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. One of the team’s more recent avenues of…


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