NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A variant of the PHACTR1 gene appears to protect young adults from cervical artery dissection, an international team of researchers led by INSERM's Jean Dallongeville reported in Nature Genetics today.

While uncommon in the general population, cervical artery dissection — a rip in an artery leading to the brain — is a major cause of stroke among young adults.

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