Scientists find more heart-attack genes

Scientists have now doubled the number of genes known to be associated with coronary heart disease, thanks to an international study of 140,000 people that uncovered 13 more genes. "The most exciting thing about our study is that we have discovered several new genes not previously known to be involved in the development of coronary heart disease, which is the main cause of heart attacks," Nilesh Samani, British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiology at the University of Leicester said in a news release. "Understanding how these genes work, which is the next step, will vastly improve our knowledge of how the disease develops, and could ultimately help to develop new treatments." Release | Article