What fruit flies can teach us about muscle disease | Maria Spletter
TEDxTUM 2018 • Tags: Animals, Disease, Genetics, Research, Science
What fruit flies can teach us about muscle disease | Maria Spletter | TEDxTUM

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We have 650 different muscles in our body, built from distinct versions of the same components, each with their own individual functions. Many muscle diseases are caused by glitches encountered during the creation of the versions (called alternative splicing). To shed light on these causes, Maria Spletter studies how disrupting the regulation of alternative splicing affects the muscles of fruit flies. Listen to her talk to find out how we can help cure human diseases from such research!

About Maria Spletter
Maria Spletter holds a Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University and leads her own research group at the LMU in Munich. Growing up in a small northern Wisconsin town with woods, lakes, swamps, and rivers in her backyard, she learned to love observing nature early on, which fuels her scientific curiosity to this day.