Noncommunicable diseases are a growing problem in Africa. Among women, heart disease is a particular concern. Medication to treat it can interfere with pregnancy, making women undesirable partners.
The discovery of a rare gene is twofold, and has a scientific and clinical impact in the fight against heart muscle disease.
Cardiovascular disease is the second highest cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa. But the lack of awareness around the disease means many people go untreated until it is too late.
Genomic research must take place in Africa because African populations have evolved significantly and their genetic composition is more diverse than that of populations elsewhere.