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Review
, 89 Suppl, 229-55

A Review of the Theories of Vertebrate Neurulation and Their Relationship to the Mechanics of Neural Tube Birth Defects

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Review

A Review of the Theories of Vertebrate Neurulation and Their Relationship to the Mechanics of Neural Tube Birth Defects

R Gordon. J Embryol Exp Morphol.

Abstract

All of the published theories of neurulation, (some of them forgotten but never disproved), are reviewed for the purpose of assessing just where we are in coming to a satisfactory explanation of this critical step in the formation of the brain and spinal cord, whose occasional failure leads to neural tube birth defects. A new approach to evaluating these theories is introduced, namely finite element analysis, along with a discussion of its promise and present limitations.

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