Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Anti Heart Disease #2: First Gene Turned On By Fatty Food Has Been Found

Science Now reports that American and Swedish researchers have found the first gene that really is turned on by a high-fat diet. The gene is implicated in hardening of arteries - atherosclerosis - and subsequent heart disease. Expression of the gene increases the amount of fatty substances in arteries. Further investigation in humans showed that individuals that suffer from atherosclerosis have a slightly different variant of this gene than those who don't, something that would make it possible to screen people for the disease-inducing gene and treat them before the disease is developed.

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