Researchers are reporting discovery of a dozen new genes associated with congenital heart disease (CHD), the leading cause of death from birth defects. Their findings are based on an analysis of clinical and genetic data from more than 2,800 people with CHD as well as information from parents. The study, which appears in Nature Genetics, is funded by NHLBI. It is supported by the NHLBI Pediatric Cardiac Genomics Consortium, part of the Bench to Bassinet Program, which helps explore the underlying causes of CHD.
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