Using morpholinos to induce exon skipping, researchers rescued some dystrophin function in dogs with the canine form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Scientists from Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry in Tokyo restored dystrophin function to about 20 percent of normal levels. "[The] treatment has clearly shown efficacy in a large animal," says lead author Eric Hoffman from Children's, though he adds that the team's Annals of Neurology study was not blinded.

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