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A researcher at BU works on a new drug for muscular dystrophy – Binghamton Homepage

A researcher at Binghamton University’s Pharmacy School is working on a new drug that could significantly prolong the lives of people with a form of muscular dystrophy.

The school has a pair of researchers working on a breakthrough in the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a form that affects primarily boys at a rate of about 1 in 5,000.

It’s caused by a lack of a protein that protects muscle tissue.

In 1986, Eric Hoffman, who is now Assistant Dean for Research at BU’s Pharmacy School, discovered the missing gene responsible for Duchenne.

That lead to a drug treatment that allows the body to produce the proteins.

However, the body’s immune system will attack these new proteins, seeing them as foreign.

Read more at: https://www.binghamtonhomepage.com/news/local-news/a-researcher-at-bu-works-on-a-new-drug-for-muscular-dystrophy/1692459197

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