Heart Defect Gene Discovered
December 23, 2010 Leave a comment
By Sara Lee Kessler
Developmental biologist Rebecca Burdine and her team of researchers at Princeton University have discovered a gene, called CCDC40. It controls the proper placement of organs in the body cavity, something scientists refer to as left-right patterning. The study, which appears in the on-line journal, “Nature Genetics,” this month, is important because CCDC40 can cause congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect that’s known.