Sudden Collapse Of Healthy Athletes May Be Due To Hereditary Cardiac Disease

Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 18:49 in Biology & Nature

When young, apparently healthy athletes suddenly collapse, it can be due to hereditary cardiac disease. Researchers have now discovered a genetic modification that leads to cardiac weakness in an animal model. Just one "false" amino acid can give zebrafish a heart condition. Since the fish have a genetic makeup similar to that of humans, these defects could be critical for humans as well.

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