NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team led by researchers at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have found three new congenital heart defects (CHDs) in children and a clear genetic difference between two forms of CHD.

CHD is one of the most common developmental defects in newborns and causes problems like holes in the heart. This disease occurs in one percent of the worldwide population and affects nearly 1.4 million newborns each year. In severe cases, patients have to undergo corrective surgery and can suffer lifelong disability.

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