A pioneering project that hopes to identify the reason why some diabetic mothers can pass on a debilitating condition to their babies is being funded by Action Research - one of the UK’s leading medical charities.
The sacrum is a bone at the base of the spine and some babies of diabetic mothers have an abnormality of the sacrum - a condition that may result in bladder and bowel incontinence.
Researchers at the Institute of Child Health in London, who have recently identified a gene important to the normal development of the sacrum, now propose to investigate whether particular alterations within that gene explain why some babies of diabetic mothers have an abnormal sacrum while others do not.
Dr William Reardon of the Institute of Child Health is leading the Action Research-funded project. He said: "A minority of diabetic women have babies whose development has been affected by the diabetes in pregnancy. Our project aims to identify these babies and to try and understand the particular reasons causing their abnormal development."
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