NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Coronary artery disease may persist in the human population because the genes that contribute to the disease also influence reproductive success.

Coronary artery disease has long plagued human populations — atherosclerosis has been found among Egyptian mummies — leading scientists to wonder why natural selection hasn't removed the responsible gene variants from the population.

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