The Reversade Laboratory

human embryology & genetics

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Our laboratory studies the development of the human embryo.
To understand how embryogenesis proceeds,we investigate
genetic disorders that cause birth defects.

Once we have uncovered the genetic lesion responsible for a given
disease, we make use of patient's cells and animal models to 
examine the disease's aetiology, in hopes of developing effective
therapies.

One of our objectives is to understand how human identical twins
are formed. Known as monozygotic (MZ), identical twins arise
when two babies develop from one embryo. Truly monoclonal
MZ twins are reproductive clones and yet sovereign human beings.

This extraordinary mode of development is obligate in nine-banded
armadillos which have MZ quadruplets each and every time they breed.