Chemistry and Biochemistry

Biochemistry Professor and Students Solve a Birth-Defect Mystery

Posted: Sep 12, 2012

The cellular cause of birth defects like cleft palates, missing teeth and problems with fingers and toes has been a tricky puzzle for scientists.

Now Professor Emily Bates and her biochemistry students at Brigham Young University have placed an important piece of the developmental puzzle. They studied an ion channel that regulates the electrical charge of a cell. In a new study published by the journalĀ Development, they show that blocking this channel disrupts the work of a protein that is supposed to carry marching orders to the nucleus.

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