What makes a face go round

How small tweaks in genes change the shape of a face

By Bethany Brookshire, 14:24 PM October 24, 2013

Look closely in the mirror. What face shape do you see? A heart-shape? A triangle? A strong jaw or delicate cheekbones?

All of these features are determined by your genes. And they have incredibly important effects on how you are perceived (would Cyrano de Bergerac be half so famous without his nose?), and can have effects on your health as well. Cleft palate, for example, is the results of mutations in certain genes.

But a big change like a cleft palate is one thing. The tiny variations giving...

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