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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – By editing a cardiovascular disease risk locus out of cells' genomes, researchers have begun to tease out how it effects health.

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death worldwide, killing about 17.9 million people in 2016, according to the World Health Organization. While more than 100 genetic variants are known to affect cardiovascular disease risk, the 9p21.3 locus was the first one to be discovered and accounts for between 10 percent and 15 percent of the disease in non-African patients.

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