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Hundreds of new blood pressure gene variations discovered

Jan. 4, 2019, 8:28 AM

In one of the largest studies of its kind, an international research team led by 20 Vanderbilt University scientists has discovered more than 200 new genetic variations associated with high blood pressure.

The study, published December 21 by the journal Nature Genetics, also identified specific tissues where blood pressure genes exert their effects as well as a long list of drugs that act upon those genes.

“We’re redrawing the map of blood pressure genetics,” said Todd Edwards, PhD, associate professor of Medicine in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and one of two senior corresponding authors with Adriana Hung, MD, MPH.

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