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Genetic spotlight on a blood defect

The causes of defects in the blood system of newborn babies can be hard to establish if the errors are not inherited. An elegant approach has identified a gene that can encourage new blood vessels to grow.

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Figure 1: Alterations in the VG5Q gene that lead to vascular defects in Klippel–Trenaunay syndrome.

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Lambrechts, D., Carmeliet, P. Genetic spotlight on a blood defect. Nature 427, 592–593 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1038/427592a

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