Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is a term for a group of diseases involving muscle deterioration. At least one form of the disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, appears to be related to deletions in a huge gene coding for the protein dystrophin, which is then absent from the cells of sufferers. The gene is linked to the X chromosome, so it appears predominantly in males.

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