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Wednesday, October 20, 1999

ESOL classes planned

ESOL classes are still being held at Carver Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m.

There is no fee to take the English As a Second Language Classes, sponsored through Odessa College.

For more information, come by the Carver Center, 600 E. 12th Street or call 915-445-3814, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. and ask for Lois Muro or Instructor Alonzo Garcia.

Mouse model helps genetics

The cause of a heart defect that can kill infants has been traced to a missing portion of a chromosome.

This discovery in the mouse model for the congenital heart disease know as DiGeorge syndrome might help researchers identify the gene that is involved and eventually find a way to prevent the disorder, said Dr. Antonio Baldini of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He collaborated on the research with Dr. Allan Bradley, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Baylor.

DiGeorge syndrome affects one of every 4,000 infants, and eight percent of them die from congential heart defects. The defects must be surgically repaired during early infancy.

Baldini, Baylor assistant professor of pediatrics and molecular and human genetics, deleted a portion of chromosome 16 in mice that caused them to develop the same heart defects. But he also noticed that those defects are eliminated in mice with a duplicate copy of the missing portion of the chromosome.

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