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NEW YORK – A new analysis has uncovered dozens of variants within a single gene that are associated with decreased blood oxygen levels during sleep.

People's blood oxygen levels typically fall as they sleep, and conditions like sleep apnea and lung diseases can lead those levels to fall even further, sometimes to a dangerous degree. Sleep apnea increases people's risk of other conditions like heart disease, dementia, and death. But people's blood oxygen levels are variable and are thought to have a genetic component.

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