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PIT, fossa. A hole dug in the earth, which was filled with water, and in which women thieves were drowned, instead of being hung. The punishment of the pit was formerly common in Scotland.

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IRF6 gene is one of nine members of IRF-family and has been identified in human, mouse, and zebrafish (Kondo et al.
To characterize the genomic structure of the porcine IRF6 gene, the mRNA sequences of porcine IRF6 gene (GenBank Accession Number: AF327368) was used to search for porcine homologues with high throughput genomic sequences (HTGS) in the porcine genomic databases by BLAST (http://blast.
Scientists have discovered that errors in the IRF6 gene are responsible for Van der Woude syndrome, which causes severe facial disfigurement.