These chicks are part of UC Davis' living library of poultry and avian genetics, which includes the talpid lines examined in this study. (Mary Delany/UC Davis photo)
A University of California-Davis science professor, Mary Delany, has made an interesting breakthrough in her research. The discovery may lead to a deeper understanding of the genes that cause craniofacial anomalies. From the article, "The researchers focused on a mutation of the gene named talpid2, known to be associated with a number of congenital abnormalities, including limb malformations and cleft lip or palate."
Read the rest of this fascinating article here.