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January 2008 - March 2009

University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Education and Human Development
Institute of Child Development

PI: Dante Cicchetti

Molecular Genetics and Child Development: Storing DNA for Research

This research will establish a databank of genetic samples obtained from buccal cells collected from swabs of the cheek lining. Future studies will link genetic factors to individual differences among children in behavioral development, including temperament, internalizing and externalizing behavior problems, depressive symptomatology, social withdrawal, social behavior, and cognitive processes. Children who have an increased potential to exhibit developmental difficulties in adjustment (maltreated children, children of depressed mothers) will be studied in order to examine the extent to which genetic differences contribute to behavioral variation among children above and beyond their exposure to major social risk factors.

Software resources available at MSI, including Primer Express and DNAStar, are used to design assays and analyze oligonucleotide sequences.

Group Members

Susan Hetzel, Staff
Nick Meath, Staff