Computer technology to find genes that cause malformations
This research was completed on 28 February 2005
|Project Leader||Dr C D Evans, PhD, Professor J B L Bard and Dr M Bitner-Glindzicz|
|Location||Clinical and Molecular Genetics Department, Institute of Child Health, London, the School of Computing Science, Middlesex University and Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Edinburgh.|
|Grant awarded||7 November 2002|
|Start date||1 March 2003|
|End date||28 February 2005|
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1 in 40 babies is born with a malformation. Many problems, such as those with the eyes or cleft lip and palate, have a partly genetic cause. Research programmes are generating vast quantities of data but a more effective method is needed to link this information and reveal correlations that can help locate or identify important genes. This project involves trying to link up databases of genetic abnormalities with information from the Human Genome Project to try to predict which genes might be responsible for malformations. The system will be made freely available to researchers via the World Wide Web. These cutting edge computer techniques should help to identify the faulty genes likely to cause these conditions. In turn, this will facilitate diagnosis of these disorders and improve the advice that can be given to families on whether future generations are likely to be affected. Identifying the genes causing the problems can also be the first step towards finding new treatments.