Aug 17 2010
When researchers pinpointed the genetic mutation that leads to the disease known as facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD) in 1992, hopes rose that the discovery not only would result in better treatments but also eventually a cure for the disease.
"It will take a worldwide effort to solve this disease and the Fields Center wants to be a big part of the effort," said van der Maarel. "I am always cautious about making predictions for the future so not to mislead patients. What we would consider major breakthroughs likely will take years before it makes a difference to the patient. But yes, we are close to breakthrough and I am looking forward to the coming years in the Fields Center."
Tapscott also avoids predictions, but like Tawil and van der Maarel, he is optimistic.
"I do not think about this in terms of a breakthrough but rather in terms of steady progress," Tapscott said.(read entire article)