News tagged with birth defect

Hunting for the good news in the human genome

One of the most common and most disabling birth defects, spina bifida strikes about one in 1,000 births in the United States -- nearly as many as Down’s Syndrome. The cause of this often devastating ...

Apr 29, 2011
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Gene causing birth defects in mice discovered

Cornell researchers report that they have identified a gene that causes neural tube defects (NTDs) in laboratory mice. NTDs, also known as spina bifida and anencephaly, are one of the most common birth defects in the United ...

Mar 16, 2011
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Exploiting cancer cells' weaknesses

When designing new cancer drugs, biologists often target specific gene mutations found only in cancer cells, or in a subset of cancer cells. A team of MIT biologists is now taking a slightly different approach, ...

Mar 08, 2011
4.3 / 5 (3) 1 | with audio podcast