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Maryam Fish, from Lansdowne in Cape Town, has made a discovery that makes us, and our hearts, jump with joy.

Maryam has discovered a mutation of the CDH2 gene, which exists in all of us. The mutation causes a genetic disorder, called arrythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC). I didn’t read that either – much prefer ARVC. But this disorder is responsible for as many as five fatalities in under-35s in South Africa every single day.

This discovery means that early detection of the ARVC disorder is now possible via diagnostic screening. Maryam and her team acknowledged that screening would not be accessible in the public sector yet, but that their discovery is a step in the right direction.

It’s inspiring to see a passion for science result in a win for mankind! If this kind of thing gets you going, have a look at our posts on studying medicine or going into a chemistry degree.

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