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.

Read the entire article at the link below

University of Chicago Press Release

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3 Responses to “Unlikely genetic suspect implicated in common brain defect”

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Hi,
I am 34 weeks pregnant and found out at 19 weeks that our baby girl has dandy Walker. She has no Hydro as yet which is good. Its good to see Dandy Walker being recongnised in Australia as it is rare.
Sharon 🙂

Hi Sharon,
My little boy was found to have dandy walker at my 19 week scan also. Good to hear your little girl is not showing signs of hydro.
Are you in Australia?
Take Care,
Corlette 🙂

This is the first site I have come across in Australia that recognises Dandy Walker.
My daughter is 18 and was diagnosed by ultrasound when I was 18 weeks pregnant.


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