The field of genetics is an expansive domain that covers a wide range of biological subjects. Study of gene mutations has taken a fresh course over the past decade. Every day, we hear of a new research on egentic mutation. Researchers at Gladstone Institutes found that gene mutations, perhaps, is responsible for heart diseases. The researchers believe that mild genetic mutations could act together to culminate into disease-causing agents. Researchers assert this after several analytic studies over a period of time. As a result, it has opened new avenues to study the causes of heart diseases in neonates.
Studying Genetic Mutations
The rising incidence of congenital heart disease in new-borns is a matter of concern for the medical fraternity. Consequently, infants with this disease have to undergo surgeries or even heart transplants. Until now, the exact reason behind congenital heart disease at birth was unknown. Several scientists have previously pointed to the potential of genetic mutations in causing such diseases. However, the type of genes involved has remained largely unknown. Research at Gladstone reveals that three genetic mutations inherited by kids work together to cause heart diseases. Further, the research also explains occurrence of the same heart disease in children of one family.
Advancements in the field of genome editing have played a vital role in the success of the research. Several researchers are expected to take the research at Gladstone as the cornerstone for future developments.