Genes responsible for coronary artery disease, world’s No. 1 killer, identified (IMAGE) University of Virginia Health System Caption "Genetic studies done in more than 1 million people in the last 15 years identified hundreds of locations on our chromosomes that increase the risk of having a heart attack,” said senior researcher Mete Civelek, PhD, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. "We now identified the genes that are responsible for this risk at these locations. We will be able to use these findings as new therapeutic targets." Credit UVA Health Usage Restrictions May be used to accompany news coverage of the coronary artery disease discovery. All other uses require express written permission from UVA Health License Original content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.