Published in Hematology Week, April 21st, 2008
The scientists had previously shown that mutations in the three "salt handling" genes cause several rare diseases that are characterized by low blood pressure. By sequencing DNA samples obtained from 3,125 people who are participating in the Framingham Heart Study, the researchers identified new functional mutations in these three genes that are likely to be carried by an estimated 100 million people worldwide.
The Framingham Heart Study was begun in 1948 in an effort to identify common...
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