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A molecule for fighting muscular paralysis

November 19, 2018

Myotubular myopathy is a severe genetic disease that weakens all the skeletal muscles from birth. Ninety percent of affected babies do not live to two years of age. “The disease affects the X chromosome in one in 50,000 male infants,” begins Leonardo Scapozza, full professor at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UNIGE’s Faculty of Science. Only boys are struck by myotubular myopathy, since the second X chromosome in girls generally compensates for the possible mutation of the first.

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