Three genes form the 'recipe' for children born with severe heart defects, scientists discover
A trio of gene mutations are a recipe for disastrous, deadly congenital heart disease, a new study has found. About one percent of all children born with congenital heart disease, condition that causes lifelong - and sometimes fatal - heart dysfunction. Scientists have long suspected that this form of heart disease is at least partially genetic, but the exact cause and DNA have remained unclear, until now. By studying the genomes of a family with several children that suffer the disease, Gladstone Institutes have discovered three gene mutations they believe causes congenital heart disease.