By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News – A National Institutes of Health program designed to discover and understand often rare and undiagnosed diseases has identified the genetic cause of a vascular disorder not previously identified in medical literature.

Led by the National Human Genome Research Institute, scientists working in the trans-NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP) have found that mutations in one gene cause a newly diagnosed condition called ACDC (arterial calcification due to CD73 deficiency).

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