The health and science websites Medical Xpress and Science Codex have posted articles about a University of Maine biological science research team’s discovery that might some day help people with degenerative muscular dystrophies. Clarissa Henry, associate professor of biological sciences, and Ph.D. student Michelle Goody discovered that boosting the activity of a vitamin-sensitive cell adhesion pathway has the potential to counteract the muscle degeneration and reduced mobility caused by muscular dystrophies. The research was first reported Oct. 23 in the open access journal PLOS Biology. A PLOS Biology blog also discusses the implications of the research.
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