Thursday, May 14, 2009

Suspect #2: Genetics

Let's take a quick look (because there's hardly any information at all) at our #2 suspect for causing fatal umbilical cord abnormalities. Some researchers have suggested there may be a genetic basis for some types of cord abnormalities, and others have tried to disprove it.

The rarity of umbilical cord losses (it's hard to pin down a number on it - more on this in a later post) makes such research difficult and the rarity also means that almost no one in the medical community cares about this problem. There's no money in it. Rare conditions don't get much research or attention, and it's especially true of this problem because it kills the unborn, so the loss is intangible and easy to ignore for everyone but the parents of the dead baby.

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