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Mr. George Miller

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George Miller lives each day with ALS. See what Jackson researchers are doing to solve neurodegenerative diseases.

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We take moving for granted.

Our brain sends a signal and our muscles move. It’s basic. But neuromuscular diseases rob both young and old patients of that basic function.

Sometimes the cause of the disease is not mysterious. Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients lack dystrophin, a protein needed for neuromuscular function. Sometimes the cause is baffling. It remains unknown why Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) patients lose muscle nerves at such an accelerated rate. But they have no cures, and the results are devastating.

Research at The Jackson Laboratory looks at the genetics of these and other neuromuscular disorders, uncovering patterns and pathways that may provide the long-awaited clues for treating them.
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