NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cellular Dynamics will create five induced pluripotent stem cell lines from patients with muscular dystrophy for the Jain Foundation under a master service agreement announced today.

The partners noted that there are currently no effective treatments for the genetic disorder, so "establishing model iSPC lines is an important step toward developing new drugs and therapies for these patients."

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