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Subject: Re: [DNA] Cleft Chin genetic location
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 18:37:09 -0800
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I looked in a number recently published books on genetics and molecular biology, plus a couple medical books--and came up empty-handed. I found more in the Wikipedia under "cleft chin" than anywhere else. In that short article was the following link which you might check out:<>;

Bottom line: it seems that the phenotype has not been tied down to a particular gene (or genes). The variable penetrance apparently can indicate that more than one gene is involved and/or environmental factors during pregnancy might be involved. Perhaps the GWAS project will eventually help in pinpointing the gene(s) and their loci.
There's others, I'm sure, more qualified to answer your questions, but the above is the best I can do. (The cause of dimpled checks also seems unclear).

Richard R. Kenyon ("Dick")
----- Original Message -----
From: Belinda Dettmann<mailto:>
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Sent: Friday, March 12, 2010 2:57 PM
Subject: [DNA] Cleft Chin genetic location

Dick, does your Dictionary of Genetics, 7th ed. give any info on the
genetics of the trait called Cleft Chin or Dimple Chin? I'm interested in
the inheritance of this trait but there is little info to be found on the
Net via google, and much of that is contradictory. Old textbooks say it's
the result of a single mutation (once said to be simple dominant, now
thought to show incomplete penetrance), but I don't know on what chromosome,
or what gene is responsible. It's not the same condition as cleft palate,
and has a different genetic background. Would like an answer from an
authoritative source.


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