Genetics, development of human foot bones (with links to brain development)

Hi, I am a recent biology graduate and former medical research lab intern who is interested in researching the genetics and development of human foot bones, especially those constituting the medial longitudinal foot arch, which is a derived trait for obligate bipedalism. Also, arch development and pathologies are involved in Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities. I'm also interested in exploring these connections. As of right now, I am not in school and do not have access to a lab, so I'm not sure how to get start pursuing research in these areas. Any advice or direction would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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