Male Urological Defects Linked to Abnormalities in VAMP7 Gene

Dr. Dolores Lamb leads team that finds certain male reproductive birth defects resulted from a change in the number of copies of a gene, VAMP7.
Dr. Dolores Lamb leads team that finds certain male reproductive birth defects resulted from a change in the number of copies of a gene, VAMP7.

What if we could discover the causes of some of the most common birth defects and prevent them from occurring? Obviously the answers do not come all at once, but we recently took a significant step toward answering that question.

In June 2014, Nature Medicine published research I conducted along with my team of Baylor College of Medicine scientists on previously unknown causes of two of the most common urinary birth defects in newborn boys.

I recently spoke with Nature Medicine‘s news editor Elie Dolgin for a podcast to talk about the research.

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From Nature Medicine:  Increased gene copy number of VAMP7 disrupts human male urogenital development through altered estrogen action

Read more about the research in From the Labs.

-By Dr. Dolores Lamb

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