Icelandic scientists make blood pressure discoveries

Icelandic scientists have uncovered parts of the human genome which regulate blood pressure.

Scientists from the Icelandic Heart Association and the University of Iceland have identified several different parts of the genome which control blood pressure.

The research is taking place as part of an international project and it is hoped that the discoveries will lead to the development of new types of treatment for high blood pressure sufferers, a statement from the Heart Association of Iceland declares.

The project’s discoveries are discussed in the latest online edition of the Nature and Nurture Genetics journal, where it is explained that 16 previously-unknown genes have been discovered so far, including during research into ageing and in the Reykjavik heart research.