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Study finds genetic patterns in preeclampsia

Bioinformatic tools help identify the genetic causes of complex diseases

Among fetuses, 204 distinct genes are associated with preeclampsia, 25 are associated with the severe form, and 52, center group, are present in both forms. Green dots represent involved genes of both mother and fetus; gray dots are uniquely involved fetal genes. Credit: Triche lab/Brown University

A comprehensive review of preeclampsia genetics found important patterns among more than 500 significant genes. Among the insights is that different manifestations of the disease have distinct genetic underpinnings. The researchers plan to make their data freely searchable later this year.