Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered that the lack of a critical enzyme in the folic acid metabolic pathway leads to neural tube birth defects in developing embryos.
Pediatric Geneticist Searches for Role of Environmental Contaminants in Birth Defects with $1.2 Million Grant from EPA
The effects of environmental contaminants on fetal growth and development is the subject of new research by Richard Finnell, Robert Cabrera and a team of researchers in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin using a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Pesticides and pollutants are related to a 450 percent increase in the risk of spina bifida and anencephaly in rural China, according to scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and Peking University.
Teaming Up Against Birth Defects: John Wallingford and Tim George work at different ends of the biomedical-health-care spectrum. Wallingford is a scientist doing basic research at The University of Texas at Austin. Using frogs and mice as models, he studies how embryos develop and what can go wrong in development. George is a pediatric neurosurgeon at Dell Children's Medical Center. Among his patients are children with birth defects.
A model for studying the genetics of Angelman syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes mental retardation and other symptoms in one out of 15,000 births, has been developed by biologists at The University of Texas at Austin.