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Cynthia C. Morton, PhD

William Lambert Richardson Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School

Professor, Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Director, Cytogenetics, Brigham And Women's Hospital

Contact Info

Cynthia Morton
Brigham and Women's Hospital
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA, 02115
Phone: 617-525-4535
Fax: 617-525-4533
cmorton@partners.org

Assistant

Jameson Aubut
Administrative Assistant
Cytogenetics
Brigham And Women's Hospital
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA, 02115
Phone: 617-525-4535
Fax: 617-525-4533
jaubut@partners.org

DF/HCC Program Affiliation

Cancer Genetics

DF/HCC Associations

Member, Center Scientific Council
Institutional Representative for BWH, Executive Committee

Research Abstract

The Morton Laboratory has as its research focus three projects which can be grouped under the area of human genetics. One effort underway is to identify and characterize genes involved in uterine leiomyomata (http://www.fibroids.net). These benign smooth muscle tumors are the most common indication for hysterectomy and provide a valuable system for dissecting critical molecular events that discriminate benign from malignant neoplasms. A consortium genome wide analysis (FIBROGENE) is being performed to identify genes which predispose women to develop these tumors. Another ongoing project is to clone and characterize genes involved in hearing and to develop mouse models for human hearing disorders (http://hearing.bwh.harvard.edu). Naturally occurring apparently balanced human chromosome rearrangements found in association with congenital anomalies are being used to identify genes critical in human development (http://dgap.harvard.edu). Various evolving genomics resources are being developed including a haplosufficiency map for the human genome.

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