Scientists Identify Gene Linked to Congenital Heart Defects

by Rajshri on  December 20, 2009 at 10:04 AM Genetics & Stem Cells News
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 Scientists Identify Gene Linked to Congenital Heart Defects
Scientists have identified a new gene called ETS-1, which they claim is linked to human congenital heart defects.

The study, by researchers from the UC San Diego, School of Medicine and colleagues, has been published in the journal of Human Molecular Genetics.

The landmark study provides important insights into some of the most prevalent forms of congenital heart defects in humans, including ventricular septal defects and potentially hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a uniformly fatal heart abnormality.

"Identification of this gene may have implications for prevention of some of these most common types of congential heart defects," said Paul Grossfeld, MD, associate professor of pediatrics for the UC San Diego School of Medicine and pediatric cardiologist for Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego.

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My son has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome he is 3. I know I was beating my self up when he was born with this what did I do how could this happen?? It would be a great thing to some how prevent this defect with out playing god!!! We did not know until he was born and started to have promblems and it was 2 medavact trips and a lot of stress!! I would not change any thing because it makes us who we all are today!!

I hope this really is the gene, I have a son with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome who is 19 years old, it would be wonderful to know future children will not have to go thru what he has just to live.

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I have a 2 year old son with Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome. It would be amazing to actually find the cause of this horrible thing. To know other babies might not have to be put through all the pain and suffering would be an amazing feeling!

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