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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (WVIR) – UVA researchers found new genetic information that could help identify a contributor to microcephaly, a birth defect that affects the size of the brain.
Doctor Noelle Dwyer of the UVA’s Cell Biology Department says this is especially important because it helps identify how learning and developmental delays occur and what we can do about them.
“By using an animal model to understand what this gene does in the developing brain, you can understand what is happening in the human brain. It also helps us to understand how the human brain develops normally in the normal situation, apart from the disease situation, ”said Dr. Dwyer.
The new genetic research also answers questions about cancer treatment.
One recently proposed proposal is to lower the levels of a protein that is commonly seen in patients with cancerous tumors.
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