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2009-03-16 13:50:47

Finding lays the foundation for human testing Using a novel genetic technology that covers up genetic errors, researchers funded in part by the National Institutes of Health have developed a successful treatment for dogs with the canine version of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a paralyzing, and ultimately fatal, muscle disease. The technology, known as "exon skipping" uses tailor-made snippets of DNA-like molecules as molecular "patches." These patches cover up mutant DNA sequences that code...

2009-02-09 07:58:57

Drugs similar to 1 in trials for heart disease may slow muscle loss in most common form of muscular dystrophy Based on a striking similarity between heart disease and Duchenne muscular dystrophy, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have discovered that a new class of experimental drugs for heart failure may also help treat the fatal muscular disorder. At first glance, heart failure and the muscle-wasting Duchenne disease couldn't appear more dissimilar. Duchenne affects boys...

2008-12-23 09:02:00

Brown University to Receive Grant Promoting Translational Research in Rare Muscular Disease MIDDLETOWN, Ohio, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patricia A. Furlong, Founding President and CEO of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest non-profit organization in the United States focused on finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne), announced today the first grant recipient of the newly launched End Duchenne Grant Award Program, Brown University. Brown...

2008-07-15 09:01:35

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest non-profit organization in the United States focused on finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne), will host its 14th annual CONNECT conference in Philadelphia, PA on July 17-20, 2008. The CONNECT conference brings together patients, scientists, physicians and advocates to share the latest research on Duchenne, the most common form of childhood muscular dystrophy. Duchenne is a progressive and fatal muscle disorder...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'