Scientists find gene defect link to heart disease


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  • Sunday, 17 Jul 2005

LONDON (Reuters) - Five generations of a family in Dallas, Texas have helped scientists discover a genetic mutation that causes a common birth defect and contributes to heart disease in adults. 

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre in Dallas studied DNA from 11 members of the family, including children and adults, who suffered from aortic heart disease. 

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