Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Spinal muscular atrophy is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord because of this people diagnosed with this disease loose the ability to walk, eat, or breath.

This disease is also the number one genetic cause for death in infants.

Spinal Muscular atrophy is caused by a mutation in the survival motor neuron gene 1. Without this the nerve cells in the muscles stop working and eventually die, which leads to fatal muscle weakness.

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