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The Brains Behind the Face

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Science  03 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5458, pp. 1580-1583
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5458.1580e

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Retinoic acid helps direct the proper development of both the face and the forebrain, which governs higher thought and reasoning, developmental biologists reported at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which was held here 17 to 22 February. The study is the first to implicate a single genetic pathway in the development of both the forebrain and the face, researchers say, and it may provide insights into some birth defects.