Genetics: Of Muscles & Enzymes

The Bar Harbor elementary school, overlooking summer vacationers looking over the rockbound coast of Maine, seems an unlikely place to originate major medical news about some of the most baffling and intractable diseases of man. But last week the school was the classroom for a course in hereditary disease sponsored by the National Foundation-March of Dimes and attended by 100 research specialists from most of the top U.S. medical schools and research institutions. The results were highlighted by two significant reports: on dwarfism (see following story), and on the possible prevention of muscular dystrophy.

Muscular dystrophy is not a single...

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