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Mutation Causes Dangerously High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
July 12, 2000

CHEVY CHASE, MD---A single mutation in a protein that regulates the body's salt balance can produce dangerously high blood pressure in pregnant women, according to Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers at Yale University School of Medicine. The protein discovery opens the way to understanding the molecular origins of a form of hypertension that threatens some eight million pregnant women and their infants each year. A report on the discovery was published in the July issue of the journal Science.

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