Genetic Mutation, Almost Guaranteed To Lead To Heart Disease, Found In One Percent Of Population

Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 21:28 in Biology & Nature

A study of almost 1500 people has uncovered a genetic mutation that is almost guaranteed to lead to heart disease. The mutation is found worldwide, but appears to be restricted to people with an origin in the Indian subcontinent, where 4 percent of the population are carriers. The size and simplicity of the genetic effect is staggering in a disease that has a wide range of causes, many related to lifestyle.

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