NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new study suggests that a set of genetic variants associated with slightly lower cholesterol levels may bump up an infant's propensity for developing a gastrointestinal blockage condition called infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis, or IHPS.

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