NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Through a multi-ancestry genome-wide association study, an international team of researchers has uncovered 22 new risk loci for stroke, more than tripling the number of known loci.

Stroke — which is usually due to a brain infarction, but sometimes occurs because of an intracerebral hemorrhage — is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Previous studies had uncovered 10 stroke risk loci, and this new study now increased the number to 32.

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