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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.

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