NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investigators at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center-Houston and the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine will use a $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify genes that may cause familial cleft lip and palate (CLP).

The partners seek to find genes that will enable them to better identify those who are at-risk for non-syndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCLP), a birth defect that affects around 4,000 newborns in the US and 135,000 people globally each year.

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