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ASHG Awards $10,000 to Children s Hospital Geneticist for Muscular Dystrophy Research

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (GenomeWeb News) - The American Society of Human Genetics has awarded Louis Kunkel, director of the genomics program at Children's Hospital Boston, with its annual Allan Award for his work on the genetics of muscular dystrophy, the Children's Hospital said on Monday.


Kunkel will receive $10,000 in recognition of his research, according to a Children's Hospital spokesperson. In 1986, Kunkel discovered the gene that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and subsequently defined the genetic characteristics of the critical muscle protein dystrophin, as well as several dystrophin-associated proteins.


Kunkel's lab is currently using microarray technology to examine the activity of multiple genes involved in the disease, the Children's Hospital said.


ASHG's Allan Award recognizes "substantial and far-reaching contributions to human genetics carried out over a sustained period of scientific inquiry and productivity," according to an official statement.

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