Target gene identified for therapies to combat muscular dystrophy

Researchers at the University of São Paulo’s Bioscience Institute in Brazil, at Harvard Medical School and Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in the United States, have shown that a gene called Jagged1, or JAG1 for short, could be a target for the development of new approaches to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration.

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Blood sample new way of detecting cancer

A new RNA test of blood platelets can be used to detect, classify and pinpoint the location of cancer by analysing a sample equivalent to one drop of blood. Using this new method for blood-based RNA tests of blood platelets, researchers have been able to identify cancer with 96 per cent accuracy. This according to a study at Umeå University in Sweden recently published in the journal Cancer Cell.

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