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Comment: Re:so females evolve faster? (Score 1) 309

by anderesa (#29296791) Attached to: All Humans Are Mutants, Say Scientists

anything on a single X becomes FAR more important to the men then it is to the women.
It is only things that are on BOTH X chromosomes that are important to women.

Correct and that's the reason why we only speak of "Duchenne Boys" and not girls when referring to the devastating form of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy caused by a mutation on the X-chromoson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchenne_muscular_dystrophy

--Sam

Comment: Re:Great News (Score 2, Informative) 143

by anderesa (#27303425) Attached to: Scientists Reverse Muscular Dystrophy In Dogs

Dear Andrew,
as a daily reader of Slashdot and also father of four young kids, two of them having Duchenne, I'm surprised that this terrible desease is discussed among this community.

Unfortunately, the discussion doesn't go very deep with few interesting threads. I cross my fingers for your family. My wife also is a carrier but my two sister-in-laws. In fact, we found out that my wife got the defect (3 Exons are deleted on one X-chromosom) from her mother but she's been the only one among five kids to inherit the defect X-chromosom. I've also read in several places that the odds of being a carrier are 66% if one of your kids has the genetic defect

Last, I'd like to point you to some great reports about latest research incl. exon skipping techniques. They are all written in easy language understandable by parents and other people without a PhD in biochemistry.
http://www.duchenne-information.eu/home-en.htm

Take care
--Sam

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