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Female relatives of boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) are at risk of having a child with DMD. Today, it is relatively easy to do genetic testing for this gene, but 20 years ago, such testing was extremely expensive, and researchers were looking for some inexpensive test that would at least indicate whether a woman was at higher than normal risk, which would justify paying for the expensive genetic test.
This dataset contains data on 208 women who are female relatives of boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The researchers were trying to develop a screening test based on enzymes in blood serum. They measured 4 enzymes: creatine kinase and hemopexin are inexpensive to obtain, while the last two, pyruvate kinase and lactate dehydroginase are more expensive, although still much cheaper than genetic testing was at the time. Then the expensive genetic test was done to determine whether the woman was actually a carrier of the DMD gene.
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