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Where Your Face Comes From

When you were an embryo, a parade of molecules sculpted the cells that became your face.
Publish Date: Topic: Body + BrainBody & BrainNova
By Ari Daniel

The face is an incredibly complex and personal structure that is built during embryonic development. One region of the embryo—called the extreme anterior domain—guides facial formation, recruiting cells from elsewhere to make the muscles, nerves, and bones that will comprise the face. Research in this field may help us diagnose and even repair craniofacial defects like cleft palate.

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