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Animal studies suggest that spinal muscular atrophy may result primarily from motor circuit dysfunction, not motor neuron or muscle cell dysfunction, as is commonly thought

posted on October 17, 2012 - 12:31pm
Results from a study in fruit flies conducted by scientists in the Motor Neuron Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York suggest that spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) — commonly thought to be a disease of muscle-controlling nerve cells called motor neurons — instead results from the dysfunction of motor circuits (networks made up of different types of specialized neurons that...

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