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The Genetic Roots of Heart Disease

Although congenital heart disease represents the most common major birth defect, scientists have not previously identified the common variation in the genes that give rise to it. Now genetics and cardiology researchers, two of them brothers, have discovered a genetic variant on chromosome 5 that strongly raises the risk of congenital heart disease. The study appeared online today in the journal Public Library of Science One.

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Watch a video of Peter J. Gruber, MD, PhD, discussing his breakthrough study»

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