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Japan-U.S. Research Team IDs Gene Behind Kawasaki Disease (Japan)

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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A team of Japanese and U.S. researchers says it has made the first identification of a gene associated with Kawasaki disease that can cause coronary artery aneurysms. The isolated gene is one of several factors believed associated with the disease, which has no cure, and its presence increases by 90 percent the risk of contracting the disease. The protein of the gene is believed to be lacking in people with Kawasaki disease, allowing their immune systems to overreact. (Click here for more
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