Babies born with SMA type 1 often don't live past the age of two years. SMA type 1 is the No. 1 genetic-killer of babies born in the United States.
People diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) have a life expectancy of three to five years following diagnosis.
Boys diagnosed with Duchenne muscular distrophy may live into their twenties, but lose muscle function slowly during their lives.
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