Gene mutation discovery boosts interest in heart drug

November 13, 2014 12:02 PM

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Gene mutation discovery boosts interest in heart drug

Scientists have discovered gene mutations that give people naturally lower cholesterol levels and cut their risk of heart disease in half.

That discovery may have a big implication: A blockbuster drug that mimics these mutations has long been sold without evidence that it cuts the chance of heart disease. Results of a large study that looked for that evidence will be revealed on Monday.

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