Mouse helps in spina bifida fight
Wednesday 10 September 1997
They believe the rogue gene is the key to why she gives birth to babies with the mouse equivalent of spina bifida, which can cripple or kill. The gene is called Pax 3, and the birth defect it causes can be prevented with supplements of the B-vitamin folic acid - which also helps prevent spina bifida in 70 per cent of humans.
Professor Andy Copp, from the University of London, who is heading the research, said "This gene is unlikely to be a major cause of spina bifida in humans, but we think that biochemically the process is very similar. The next step is to look inside the embryo and to see how the biochemical pathways are being altered by the Pax 3 mutation and how this is put right by folic acid."
IoS exclusive: MI5 'tried to recruit' Woolwich attack suspect Michael Adebolajo
Fire and fury in Sweden as riots spread
EDL marches on Newcastle as attacks on Muslims increase tenfold in the wake of Woolwich machete attack which killed Drummer Lee Rigby
Fallen angel: Winona Ryder on bouncing back from her decade in the wilderness
Hurricane season fears as warning satellite fails
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Nook is donating eReaders to volunteers at high-need schools and participating in exclusive events throughout the campaign.
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.