Animal Research Minute – Could dogs help fight a deadly disease that affects boys?
Well, KABC reports that new research with dogs could help boys with a fatal genetic disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy, or DMP. DMP, which affects about one in 3,500 boys, causes muscles to degenerate over time. But a new treatment could help. Dystrophic dogs that were given the new treatment experienced improvement in muscle strength, regaining the ability to run. Because dogs and people have genetic similarities, researchers are hopeful this new study could lead to more effective treatments for boys with DMP.