MSU scientists put some muscle behind their research

Michigan State University researchers used an old-fashioned neurobiology technique to explore new avenues for treatments to reverse a late-onset neurodegenerative disease that robs men of the capacity to walk, run, chew and swallow. The results were recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience. The MSU team has identified new molecular targets for recovering motor function in men afflicted with spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy. Also known as Kennedy’s disease – named after the physician who discovered it in the 1960s – SBMA is a rare, recessive X-linked disease men inherit from their mothers. While SBMA is not typically lethal – that is, life span is on average normal – quality of life is profoundly affected. The innovation in the MSU study led by Youfen Xu, senior research associate in MSU’s…


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