UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN RESEARCHERS FINDS SUDDEN DEATH GENE
© African News Agency DNA is an information-storing molecule; the genes passed from generation to generation transmit the blueprints for creating the organism.
CAPE TOWN – University of Cape Town researchers have discovered a gene that causes sudden death in young people and athletes.
This discovery is the biggest breakthrough in South African cardiology since Dr Christiaan Barnard’s first heart transplant.
The gene, called CDH2, causes a genetic disorder that leads to cardiac arrest.
Researchers say they’ll use this discovery to help diagnose and treat heart muscle disease in the future.
Dean of Health Sciences at UCT, Bongani Mayosi said: “It involves teams across three continents to really arrive at this and each team contributing something to try to solve the puzzle.
“The discovery of a gene is almost like looking for a needle in a haystack because you can imagine you have 3 billion changes in our genome and there is this one spelling error that you are looking for in 3 billion letters. So it requires major detective work to find this.”