• Question: why are some people born with deformaties?

    Asked by whtaylor to Anil, Blanka, Cees, Emma, Mike on 5 Jul 2012.
    • Photo: Emma Trantham

      Emma Trantham answered on 5 Jul 2012:

      This is a really difficult question which I think is why it’s taken a while for any of us to answer it.

      Sometimes deformaties can be because of something in our DNA

      Sometimes deformaties can happen because for some reason the baby doesn’t grow right in the womb (sometimes this is because they have been exposed to a toxin or an infectious agent but sometimes we don’t actually know the reason).

      Unfortunately there is no simple answer – it depends on the deformity.