Frog and Craniofacial Abnormalities

Craniofacial abnormalities in the womb result in birth defects of the head or face, such as cleft lip and cleft palate. In the United States, 12 babies are born every day with a cleft lip, only one type of craniofacial abnormality. Scientists are studying the African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis) to understand how they are able to correct these abnormalities before birth. The frogs are also used to detect the source of birth defects in instances where an increase is noted. Hopefully, by studying how frogs correct craniofacial abnormalities before birth, researchers will be able to develop preventative treatments for humans.

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Header: [“African clawed frogs” by Liz West, (Unedited). License: CC BY 2.0]

Author: cYw12

I'm very involved in my school's Technology Student Association and Creative Arts Club. For the past three years, I've been a varsity swimmer for my high school, and I've been a competitive swimmer for my winter club team since I was seven. In my free time, I like to create digital art and write science fiction, as well as get involved in independent research.

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