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New Gene Variations Associated With Heart Rate Identified

Through a collaborative genome-wide study using data from 181,171 participants from 65 studies, 14 new genetic variations that are associated with heart rate have been identified. Since heart rate is a marker of cardiovascular health, these findings could provide a better understanding of genetic regulation of the heart beat and is a first step towards identifying targets for new drugs to treat cardiovascular disease.

 

Details of the full paper are: Identification of heart rate-associated loci and their effects on cardiac conduction and rhythm disorders. den Hoed M et al. Nat Genet. 2013 Apr 14. doi: 10.1038/ng.2610.

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