Unlikely genetic suspect implicated in common brain defect

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Unlikely genetic suspect implicated in common brain defect

August 9, 2009

A genetic search that wound its way from patients to mouse models and back to patients has uncovered an unlikely gene critically involved in a common birth defect which causes mental retardation, motor delays and sometimes autism, providing a new mechanism and potentially improving treatment for the disorder.

Researchers from the University of Chicago, University of Alberta and other institutions announce in the September issue of Nature Genetics–available online August 10–that the FOXC1 gene contributes to Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM), a brain defect that occurs in 1 of every 5,000 births.

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