Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Couple Help to Battle a Killer

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Couple Help to Battle a Killer

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Byline: By Louise Redvers

New hope has been given to young victims of a killer genetic disease, thanks to the dedication of a North East couple.

Ian and Susan Miller, whose nine-year-old son Daniel has duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), helped lead a letter-writing campaign lobbying ministers for more research cash.

Their efforts and determination have secured a Government grant of pounds 1.6m for gene therapy research.

The money will be shared between laboratories in Newcastle, London and Oxford and scientists are confident it could lead to a cure.

DMD is the biggest genetic child killer and claims the lives of more than 100 boys a year in the UK.

By the age of nine, most boy sufferers are unable to walk and by their mid-teens they are often fighting for their lives.

There is no cure for the disease which is due to a rare genetic error only identified in 1986.

A major part of the Newcastle research will involve putting a "molecular patch" over the gene behind DMD to change how the muscles develop. …

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