Thanks to KU Leuven, we now have better understanding of the worldwide diversity in cranial shape, and how deformations occur

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Peter Claes has successfully identified the genetic factor that accounts for the large variation in the shape of human skulls and faces, before subsequently identifying which of these genes play an important role in the risk of craniosynostosis, a condition where the fibrous sutures of a baby's skull join together too early, preventing the skull from expanding as the brain develops and grows in the first two years of life. The results of the research are published today in Nature Communications .
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