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Spina Bifida Research

The current areas of focus in spina bifida research include genetics and brain development. One of the goals of genetic research is to find the genetic factors that make some children more susceptible to neural tube defects than others. The goal of spina bifida research on brain development is to develop a greater understanding of spina bifida and to find new treatments and new ways to prevent this type of disorder.

An Introduction to Spina Bifida Research

Doctors all over the country are conducting spina bifida research studies that are designed to answer important questions. Spina bifida research has already led to many advances, and researchers are continuing to search for more effective methods of dealing with spina bifida.
 

Current Areas of Focus in Spina Bifida Research

The current areas of focus in spina bifida research include genetics and brain development.
 
Genetics
Spina bifida research scientists are looking at the hereditary basis of spina bifida. The goal of this research is to find the genetic factors that make some children more susceptible to neural tube defects than others. Researchers hope to use this information to learn more about the causes of spina bifida and ways to prevent spina bifida. Researchers are also studying gene expression during the process of neural tube closure, which will provide information on the human nervous system during development.
 
In addition, spina bifida research scientists are working to identify, characterize, and evaluate genes for neural tube defects. The goal of this research is to understand the genetics of neural tube closure and to develop information that will translate into improved clinical care, spina bifida treatment, and genetic counseling.
 
Other scientists are studying genetic risk factors for spina bifida, especially those that diminish or lessen the function of folic acid in the mother during pregnancy, possibly leading to spina bifida in the fetus. This research will shed light on how folic acid prevents spina bifida and may lead to improved forms of folic acid supplements.
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