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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Genetic variants in the PCSK9 gene have the same effect on cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk as variants within the HMGCR gene, which encodes the target of lipid-lowering statins.

According to an international team of researchers, this suggests that therapies targeting PCSK9 should have similar effects as statins on cardiovascular events, but with the same potential risk of developing diabetes.

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