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asked Her Majesty's Government:What steps the Medical Research Council is taking to support research into teratology.
The Medical Research Council supports research relevant to teratology both in its own establishments and by way of grants to research workers in university departments and medical schools.At the council's clinical research centre studies are being undertaken on (1) the effects of waste anaesthetic gases on operating theatre staff and teratogenic effects in animals and control of contamination, and (2) on the effects of anaesthetics on cardiac contractility, cell motility and division and mutagenesis.The following projects in universities and medical schools are currently supported by the council:
|Name of Project||Institute|
|Positional signalling in chick limb morphogenesis||Middlesex Hospital Medical School|
|Hamster teratogens in potato sprouts||London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine|
|The effect of aminocentesis and liquor drainage on pulmonary development in the Macaque monkey||University College London School of Medicine|
|Nutritional mechanisms in the early rat embryo and their susceptibility to modification by teratogens||University of Leicester|
|Effects of ethyl alcohol on cell acquisition, migration and differentiation in the developing brain||Royal Postgraduate Medical School|
|Development of whole-embryo culture methods for studying teratological problems||University of Cambridge|
|Further studies on the effects in rodents of fusarium mycotoxins||Royal Veterinary College, London|
|Environmental Factors responsible for the appearance of neural tube defects in curly-tail mice||Guy's Hospital Medical School, London|