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Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that affect the upper lip and roof of the mouth. They happen when the tissue that forms the roof of the mouth and upper lip don't join before birth. The problem can range from a small notch in the lip to a groove that runs into the roof of the mouth and nose. This can affect the way the child's face looks. It can also lead to problems with eating, talking and ear infections.
Research suggests growth factor gene plays a central role in palate development

Research suggests growth factor gene plays a central role in palate development

New scientific breakthrough may allow doctors to reverse cleft palate in humans

New scientific breakthrough may allow doctors to reverse cleft palate in humans

NIDCR announces research and technology grants to support new Facebase Consortium

NIDCR announces research and technology grants to support new Facebase Consortium

No Shriners hospitals closing; some may be outpatient-only

No Shriners hospitals closing; some may be outpatient-only

Cohesin protein disrupts gene function in Cornelia deLange syndrome

Cohesin protein disrupts gene function in Cornelia deLange syndrome

Time of conception linked to birth defects in U.S.

Time of conception linked to birth defects in U.S.

Genes more important in cleft lip and palate than previously thought

Genes more important in cleft lip and palate than previously thought

New study finds increased prevalence of left-handedness in children with facial development disorder

New study finds increased prevalence of left-handedness in children with facial development disorder

Why do teeth form in a single row?

Why do teeth form in a single row?

Obesity during pregnancy associated with increased risk of birth defects

Obesity during pregnancy associated with increased risk of birth defects

Advancement in tissue engineering promotes oral wound healing

Advancement in tissue engineering promotes oral wound healing

Domain duplication, divergence, and loss events in vertebrate Msx paralogs reveal phylogenomically informed disease markers

Domain duplication, divergence, and loss events in vertebrate Msx paralogs reveal phylogenomically informed disease markers

Smoking during the first trimester of pregnancy linked to oral clefts

Smoking during the first trimester of pregnancy linked to oral clefts

Good news for young male cancer patients

Good news for young male cancer patients

Smoking when pregnant doubles risk of cleft palate or lip in babies

Smoking when pregnant doubles risk of cleft palate or lip in babies

Birth defects more common if pregnant mothers smoke

Birth defects more common if pregnant mothers smoke

Researchers discover how Sonic hedgehog gene controls brain development

Researchers discover how Sonic hedgehog gene controls brain development

Discovery of new gene responsible for puberty disorders

Discovery of new gene responsible for puberty disorders

Discovery of gene variant for cleft lip

Discovery of gene variant for cleft lip