Single Gene Mutation Reduces Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Humans

Researchers have uncovered evidence for a rare natural genetic mutation in our species that lowers blood cholesterol and thus reduces risk of some forms of cardiovascular disease. Given the results reported in the research noted here, we might add ASGR1 deletion or knockdown to the growing list of possible gene therapy enhancements that one might want to undergo as the cost of such treatments falls, should the evidence for benefits without drawbacks hold up in replication studies: According to new research, just less than one per cent of the population is naturally protected against developing chronic coronary artery diseases. The study involved 292,000 participants of European origin. Applying advanced gene sequencing techniques, the researchers located an area – a deletion – in the human genome, … Continue reading Single Gene Mutation Reduces Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Humans