This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a team led by researchers from Sage Bionetworks and the University of Chicago report on the discovery of a gene that may determine the extent of a major adverse effect of cholesterol-lowering statins. The investigators identified a downstream target of statin treatment that regulates the expression of the gene GATM, which appears to play a role in energy storage in muscle.

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