Birth defect • Sodium valproate

valproic acid; a drug used to treat epilepsy, migraine and bipolar disorder; 

may cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. 

Today, a study published June 14 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Bill 

Keyes of the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology in France 

and colleagues reveals one reason why: valproic acid (VPA) involves some cells in 

the development of the nervous system. to senescence

a kind of stagnant state that prevents them from growing and dividing well.

VPA is widely used to treat many diseases. However, since the first use,

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