Interleukin Genetics was awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the discovery that certain common variations in the Interleukin-1 genes are associated with an increased risk for heart disease.

Studies conducted by Interleukin Genetics have demonstrated that certain SNPs in the IL-1 genes produce a pro-inflammatory state, the company said. It explained that one pattern of IL-1 SNPs leads to “increased levels of inflammation and an increased risk of an acute myocardial infarction.”

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