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Letters Congenital abnormalities

Data needed to establish causes

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 25 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3428
  1. Elizabeth S Draper, professor of perinatal and paediatric epidemiology1
  2. Judith Rankin, Ann Tonks, Patricia Boyd, Diana Wellesley, David Tucker, Judith Budd, members of the BINOCAR Management Committee.
  1. 1University of Leicester, Leicester
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    The cause of the reported cluster of children born with limb defects in Corby is unknown, despite the recent High Court verdict implicating toxic substances.1 We need to identify clusters of congenital anomalies through routine surveillance and establish potential causes through rigorous scientific research.

    The government set up the …

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