Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

5/12/2009 12:53

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The child displayed in the picture suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) a group of genetic disorders that affect the use of muscles in the body. Duchenne MD is inherited as an X-linked disorder. This is why Duchenne MD primarily affects boys. Girls can inherit the gene for DMD but not have any symptoms of the disease.
Duchenne MD affects approximately 1 in every 3,500 live male births. There are thousands of new cases every year. DMD affects children of all ethnic backgrounds. DMD causes an absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact. This means that muscle cells are easily damaged and become weak over time.
During my studies of Molecular Biology, I came across many different genetically inherited diseases, some of them are common, some are not. Many people are not well informed about who is really in need of help due to genetical reasons and causes of malnutrition, respectively. I don't want to exclude myself.
My aim is to appreciate and encourage the work that is done on this platform and to encourage people to have one eye open for the children in need.
Hans-Peter Maser (M.Sc.)
Basel, Switzerland

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