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Developmental Biology and Mammalian Genetics


Emphasis is on the understanding of the development of tooth and bone, and on the identification of the genetic and environmental contributions to craniofacial disorders. The objective of this scientific program is to elucidate the underlying causes of craniofacial disorders, thereby advancing the fields of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Small business opportunities in this area include but are not limited to:

A. Develop early pregnancy genetic tests to screen fetal cells in maternal blood for genetic mutations involved in inherited syndrome and non-syndrome craniofacial defects.

B. Develop instrumentation to improve the diagnosis and treatment of inherited and acquired craniofacial defects.

C. Develop improved appliances to aid suckling by newborn infants with cleft palate and cleft lip.

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