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3-D model of a skull with treatment for the genetic disease Treacher Collins syndrome, London, England, 1999

The plastic model of a female skull on the left shows the treatment available to a person with Treacher Collins’ syndrome, a genetic disorder. This affects the normal development of the skull around the lower jaw and the cheek bone area. The titanium plates are used to help stabilise and rebuild the skull. It is shown here with a model of an untreated skull with Treacher Collins' syndrome (2001-212).

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Glossary: skull

The skeleton of the head of a vertebrate animal, including the brain case, or cranium, and the bones and cartilages of the face and mouth. The skull can be subdivided into two parts: the cranium and the mandible. The human skull is made up from 22 bones.

Glossary: half model

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Glossary: genetic diseases

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