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VitaPath Genetics is sponsoring collaborative research with leading academic institutions to improve our understanding of the genetics of spina bifida. We hope to develop a simple DNA test to identify women with an elevated of risk for this birth defect. From February to October 2012, over 1,800 mothers of children affected by Spina Bifida and their children participated in the study as well as over 6,400 control mothers. Enrollment for the study is complete and analysis of the samples is underway in the lab. We thank the mothers and the spina bifida community for their amazing support of the study. Check back on the website or follow us on facebook and twitter to get updates about the study. If you have any questions at all please email email@example.com or call 866.575.0110.
Spina bifida is the most common debilitating birth defect in the United States, affecting more than 3,000 families each year. Our research suggests that one of the causes of spina bifida may be a set of genetic variations in the folic acid pathway. These variations cause the body to not metabolize folic acid as well, thus a mother with these genetic variations may be required to take a prescription dose of folic acid prior to conception.
The Spina Bifida Genetics Research Project is a collaboration involving researchers from the following organizations:
I am so thankful to VitaPath for their commitment to learn more about Spina Bifida and its cause. My son and I participated in the first round of research conducted by VitaPath in their efforts to understand the genetic link to Spina Bifida. When I first told my son we were participating, he was nervous, because he thought the test might be uncomfortable. When we received the test in the mail, and he realized that it was only a swab, he was relieved. After finishing the swab, he asked, “Is that it? That was easy!” The swab test only took less than five minutes to complete. VitaPath also made returning the test to them incredibly easy. We were proud to be a part of such important research.Angie Pate, mother of child with spina bifida
Deciding to participate in this study was a no-brainer for my husband and I. After our son was born, we became dedicated to changing the face of Spina Bifida. One way we could help make a difference, small as it may be, was to contribute to this study to help determine the cause of Spina Bifida. It was a very quick, simple process but yet will hopefully one day make a huge difference.1b38Michelle Dugan, mother of child with spina bifida