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Fired up to fight kidney failure

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Friday, August 20th, 2010

As was reported in ISRAEL 21C: Motivated by an interest in global human health, a team of Israeli researchers has identified the gene that increases the risk of kidney failure in people of African heritage.

By identifying the gene that increases the risk of kidney failure, Israeli researchers may revolutionize the prevention, detection, and treatment of kidney disease in people with markedly increased risk, including people of Hispanic and, particularly, sub-Saharan African heritage.

A team led by Dr. Karl Skorecki of Israel’s Rambam Medical Center in Haifa and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has identified the gene that increases the risk of kidney failure in people of African heritage.

Skorecki revealed his findings at a June lecture at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center at the University of Toronto, his alma mater. An article describing his findings is currently under review at a major scientific journal.

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