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Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Gene helps prevent heart attack, stroke; may also block effects of aging
May 20, 2016

This is an atherosclerotic lesion. Such lesions can rupture and cause heart attacks and strokes. (credit: UVA School of Medicine) 
May turn out to be the "fountain-of-youth gene," say researchers
University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered that a gene called Oct4 — which scientific dogma insists is inactive in adults — actually plays a vital role in preventing ruptured atherosclerotic plaques inside blood vessels, the underlying cause of most heart attacks and strokes. The researchers found that Oct4 controls the conversion of smooth … more…

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