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Artificial Muscles Could Help Advance Research on Muscular Dystrophy

Researchers worked with different types of muscular dystrophies.

Of all the different types of muscular dystrophies, the scientists grew artificial muscles with several of the most common types, including Duchenne, limb-girdle, and congenital muscular dystrophies. They did so by turning the patient's skin cell samples into pluripotent stem cells, which could be replicated and grown in a laboratory environment. The stem cells could be used to generate not only the muscles cells, but the blood vessels, motor neuron cells, and all of the other important structures present in muscles.