Animal Research Minute – Could mice help children?
Well, BBC News reports a study with mice is shedding light on spinal muscular atrophy, or “floppy baby syndrome.” This motor neuron disease affects about 1 in 6,000 babies and is among the leading causes of child deaths. A mouse study reveals a drug could reverse muscle damage in babies with the condition, which is characterized by muscle wasting and loss of motor function. The drug targets a genetic mutation linked to the disease and scientists are optimistic this drug could help children living with spinal muscular atrophy.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17155286