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University of Nevada, Reno might hold part of key to treating muscular dystrophy

from Reno Gazette-Journal

A cocktail of drugs likely will be the answer to cure people with muscular dystrophy, and a researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno believes the university has developed one of the key ingredients. Dean Burkin, an associate professor of pharmacology, has been working for a decade to isolate and test a protein called laminin-111 that helps keep muscle cells intact. A patent is pending and has been transferred to Prothelia, a startup company in Massachusetts, to do more studies before the drug can be approved for human trials. more

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