Mystery of French babies born with deformed arms – here’s what a developmental biologist thinks

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REMERA, a French national birth-defect registry, recently identified clusters of children born with malformed limbs in three rural regions in France. Each cluster has three to eight children with malformations that include children with missing or deformed arms and hands.

The French public health department (Santé Publique France) originally suggested that these cases were not above what was naturally expected each year. Around 3-4% of children, worldwide, have a birth malformation. Although genetic, chromosomal and environmental causes – such as medicines – can account for some of these malformations, in most cases the cause is unknown.

Period6 Mar 2019

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  • TitleMystery of French babies born with deformed arms – here’s what a developmental biologist thinks
    Media name/outletThe Conversation
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date6/03/19
    DescriptionREMERA, a French national birth-defect registry, recently identified clusters of children born with malformed limbs in three rural regions in France. Each cluster has three to eight children with malformations that include children with missing or deformed arms and hands.

    The French public health department (Santé Publique France) originally suggested that these cases were not above what was naturally expected each year. Around 3-4% of children, worldwide, have a birth malformation. Although genetic, chromosomal and environmental causes – such as medicines – can account for some of these malformations, in most cases the cause is unknown.
    Producer/AuthorNeil Vargesson
    URLhttps://theconversation.com/mystery-of-french-babies-born-with-deformed-arms-heres-what-a-developmental-biologist-thinks-112107
    PersonsNeil Vargesson