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In a Science paper published online in advance, an international research team describes "a unifying genetic model for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy," which suggests that "FSHD arises through a toxic gain of function attributable to the stabilized distal DUX4 transcript." They show that patients with FSHD carry specific SNPs, and that this "predisposing configuration creates a canonical polyadenylation signal for transcripts derived from DUX4." In their subsequent tran

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