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June 1999, Week 3


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Valerie Rankow <[log in to unmask]>
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Valerie Rankow <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 19 Jun 1999 13:19:21 -0400
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Hello Kerry,

"Cyclogenesis" describes the weather phenomenon of the birth of a cyclone or

"Cytogenetics" is the study of chromosomes to analyze and determine genetic
information. For birth defects, genetic analysis is used to locate any
chromosome anomalies, and describe and determine the particular condition.

That is the closest word that comes to my mind. It does not relate to any
particular birth defect(s). Perhaps your patron missed a word or two in the
teacher's discussion.

Depending on how deep you or your patron want to dig, if he or she needs to find
a definition of a specific birth defect. you can try some of these sources and
ask them a "sounds like" question, or examine the lists of conditions.

These organizations or resources have lists of genetic disorders and conditions
by name. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list:

NIH Office of Rare Diseases

NORD National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

Genetic/ Rare Conditions

Rare Genetic Diseases In Children

March of Dimes

Yahoo! Health / Diseases and Conditions / Birth Defects

Association of Birth Defect Children (ABDC)

Valerie G. Rankow   [log in to unmask]
Professional Information Services
Research, Training & Consultation
Medical Cybrarian  HealthWorld Online
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"Any sufficiently advanced technology is
indistinguishable from magic." -Arthur C. Clarke

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Medical Libraries Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Kerry Hodgson
> Sent: Friday, June 18, 1999 10:05 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Help
> I have had a request this morning that is stumping me-
> An employee's wife is taking a class in early childhood development and
> has been asked to do find information on "cyclogenesis" (they are unsure
> of the spelling, but think it is a birth defect, possibly being born
> without the lower half of the body?)  Any suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Kerry Hodgson
> Prince William Hospital
> Manassas, Virginia
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