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Molecular Basis Of Leading Genetic Cause Of Infant Death Discovered

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November 26, 1998
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University Of Pennsylvania Medical Center
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Understanding how genetic information is translated, via messenger RNA (mRNA), to correctly construct proteins has profound clinical and basic research implications. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have now found a link between this basic biological process and spinal muscular atrophy, the leading genetic cause of infant death.

Understanding how genetic information is translated, via messenger RNA (mRNA), to correctly construct proteins has profound clinical and basic research implications. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have now found a link between this basic biological process and spinal muscular atrophy, the leading genetic cause of infant death. This neuromuscular disease, characterized by the degeneration of motor nerve cells that control the body's involuntary muscles from the head down, originates from defects in the Survival of Motor Neuron (SMN) gene on chromosome 5. Spinal muscle atrophy is an inherited condition that affects about one in 6,000.


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