Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA) and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Researchers Uncover Genes That May Dramatically Affect Heart Health
4/2/2010 6:54:27 AM
Sanford Burnham -- LA JOLLA, Calif., April 1, 2010 – Though heart disease is a major cause of disability and death, very little is understood about its genetic underpinnings. Recently, an international team of investigators at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA), Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) and other organizations shed new light on the subject. Studying Drosophila (fruit flies), the team investigated 7061 genes and built a detailed map that shows how a portion of these genes contribute to heart function and disease. Importantly, the researchers identified many genes that had not previously been associated with heart disease. The research is being published as the cover story in the April 2 issue of Cell.