NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Interleukin Genetics said today that it has signed up Labec Pharma of Madrid to distribute its genetic test for heart attack risk in Spain and Portugal.

The Cardio Health test identifies multiple genetic variations that can lead to overproduction of certain chemicals that can cause inflammation, and can indicate "a statistically significant risk" for heart attack, the Waltham, Mass.-based company said.

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