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DPAG's Susan Hammond spoke to The Naked Scientist about her research into spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

Patients with SMA cannot make sufficient amounts of a protein called SMN - short for “survival motorneurone” - which is coded for by a gene called SMN-1. What Suzan Hammond and her colleagues are announcing this week is a DNA sticking plaster or “patch” that can boost the activity of a backup gene, called SMN-2, that can make up for the missing SMN-1.

Susan Hammond is part of the Wood Group.

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