Amish gene may provide heart protection

United States
December 14, 2008 5:58am CST
[b]A rare genetic abnormality found in people in an insular Amish community protects them from heart disease, a discovery that could lead to new drugs to prevent heart ailments, U.S. researchers said. About 5 percent of Old Order Amish people in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County have only one working copy rather than the normal two of a gene that makes a protein that slows the breakdown of triglycerides, a type of fat that circulates in the blood, the researchers wrote in the journal Science. "People who have the mutation all have low triglycerides," said Toni Pollin of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, who led the study released Thursday.[/b] (click on link to read the rest) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28194711/ big question i guess is will they let us learn and study them to figure out how to get or copy the gene?? arent they usually against modern medicine? would be horrible if we have a potential life saver that we cant study or use because of it.. oh well at least we have a hint and an idea and the rest im sure we will work out some how.. wouldnt it be crazy to find out your one of the few that have something that could prevent and save peoples lives all over the world?!?!
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
16 Dec 08
ha ha ha ha ha... looks awefully like gene manipulation is the next thing for scientists. Something like what the current season of Heroes is doing. Manipulating some genetic code to make a serum to alter the human genome to give them abilities. In this case, it is to make it possible to prevent heart disease.
• United States
16 Dec 08
life imitating art again i suppose.. funny how tv can show ideas that just seem bizarre and it turns out it can be a reality if we pursue it
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
16 Dec 08
Amazing, isn't it? And the imagination of these show seems to be the inspiration where science is drawing from. I thought it should be the other way around!
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@winterose (39913)
• Canada
15 Dec 08
very interesting, well there is no amish in me unfortunately,
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