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Gene Protects Women from Heart Disease, Study Finds

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Researchers from the University of Southern California have detected a gene variant that decreases the risk of heart disease, but only in women. Those who possess the CPS1 gene had a 12 percent decreased risk for heart disease, but offered no protective effect in men. CPS1 has a strong effect in raising glycine levels in the blood—an amino acid that can decrease inflammation in cells that line heart arteries and in immune cells that enter the artery wall.