Congratulations to the Owens Lab!

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Owens, former MSTP Director, on this amazing discovery!

Gene helps prevent heart attack, stroke — and may offer way to block effects of aging

May 17, 2016

Gene helps prevent heart attack, stroke — and may offer way to block effects of aging

An atherosclerotic lesion

 Findings in a nutshell:

  • Gene thought active only in embryos and permanently silenced in adults is actually critical in preventing heart attacks and strokes
  • Manipulating expression of this gene might help block age-related decline in the body’s ability to carry out repairs and heal wounds
  • Discovery creates potential new avenue for battling strokes and heart attacks
  • ‘We think this is just the tip of the iceberg’