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Rady Children’s Hospital Begins Search For Birth Defect Genes

Rady Children’s Hospital is launching an effort to find out the underlying causes of birth defects like cleft palate and certain heart deformities.

In the next year, they’ll aim to sequence the genomes of about 200 San Diego newborns with birth defects of unknown cause. The goal is to pinpoint the genes or environmental factors driving these abnormalities.

Some of the parents who consent to the sequencing will also have their genomes analyzed to understand how defects might be inherited.