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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team of researchers led by SomaLogic's Larry Gold has found nearly four dozen proteins whose levels vary in the serum of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy as compared to people without the disorder.

As they reported in a paper to appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, the serum levels of these 44 proteins were significantly different in patients from two different independent cohorts. Some of these differences, the researchers noted, were age-dependent.

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