Gene Mutation May Protect Against Coronary Heart Disease

November 13, 2014 6:47 PM

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(HealthDay News) — Mutations that affect a single gene may significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, a new study suggests. The research was published online November 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers found that people with rare mutations that switch off a single copy of the gene NPC1L1 are protected against high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and coronary heart disease.

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