Finnish company Jurilab has announced the completion of a genome-wide scan in Acute Myocardial Infarction in the East Finland Founder Population. The study gives invaluable insight into the interplay of different genes and pathways leading to coronary disease. The study has re-affirmed the majority of genes previously known to be associated with AMI. The new genes discovered include also ones, which appear to give humans a strong protection against coronary disease.
"These discoveries open up a new chapter in the development of predictive tests and much improved therapeutics for coronary heart disease", said Professor Jukka T. Salonen, Jurilab’s chief scientific officer, and "The successful AMI GWS constitutes a proof-of-concept for Jurilab’s fast and inexpensive gene discovery approach. We are in the process of carrying out similar studies in our main focus areas of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases".
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