Dutch study links gene with pre-eclampsia:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The risk of pre-eclampsia in pregnant women could be higher if a gene responsible for producing an enzyme that clears toxic compounds in the body is defective. That is the finding of a Dutch study (Journal of Medical Genetics, April 2001), which found that women with a history of the condition were almost twice as likely to carry a defect in the exon 3 section of the epoxide hydrolase gene as were healthy women, with three out of 10 of them affected. Only one in six healthy women had this defect, report Eric Steegers of the University Hospital Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and colleagues.