Animal Research Minute – Research with Mice & Birth Defects

Could new research with mice help children born with cleft palates?

Well, State News reports researchers are studying mice to better understand genetic links that could cause cleft palates. According to WebMD, cleft lips and palates are facial malformations that occur in early pregnancy that can cause issues with eating, speech, hearing loss and dental problems. Mouse and human faces form in much the same way, so scientists look to lab mice for insights into how these malformations happen during pregnancy. This research could help the one in 700 children born with a cleft lip or palate.
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