SA makes another breakthrough in cardiac research

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Once more proving their mettle, South African researchers have discovered a gene which presents fatal symptoms among under-35s across the globe.  Maryam Fish of Lansdowne, led an all-female team of researchers at the University of Cape Town; joining her were  Gasnat Shaboodien and Sarah Krause, who made the discovery alongside researchers from Italy.

The gene, CDH2, is present in every human’s DNA but a mutation causes a genetic disorder known as arrythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC), which increases the risk of heart disease and cardiac arrest. By being able to identify which gene is responsible, researchers and medical experts can now accurately test patients and advise them on natural ways to improve their health.