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Science Websites Cover Muscular Dystrophies Finding

Health and science websites from around the globe have continued reporting on a UMaine 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 websites and blogs include Science Daily, Health Medicine Network, LabSpaces, Science Newsline, Human Health & Science, Classicistranieri.com, Biology Newsbeat and the Portuguese veja website.

The research was first reported Oct. 23 in the open access journal PLOS Biology.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

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