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In PLoS One this week, researchers from six US institutions report the results of their genome-wide association study that identifies GPC5 as a novel genetic locus that is protective against sudden cardiac arrest. Using a case-control design with participants from the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study, and, while no SNPs identified reached genome-wide significance, the minor allele of GPC5 showed an association with a lower risk of SCA.

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