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Gene mutation in dogs could offer clues about neural tube defects in humans

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A new study shows that gene mutations in dogs could offer some clues regarding neural tube defects in humans.

According to researchers at the University of California, Davis and the University of Iowa, they found evidence that the gene may be an important risk factor for human neural tube defects that can be found in more than 300,000 babies each year. These defects include anencephaly and spina bifida, which are caused by the incomplete closure or development of the spine and skull.

Read the full article here: Gene Mutation in Dogs Could Show Clues About Neural Tube Defects in Humans

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