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Scientists use 'molecular autopsies' to find clues to sudden death

Sudden death strikes approximately 11,000 people under age 45 in the U.S. every year, leaving living relatives with troubling questions about their own risk. Unfortunately, with many conditions--such as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sudden cardiac death (SCD)--the cause of death is not always apparent after a traditional clinical autopsy. Now a new study suggests that "molecular autopsies" may be valuable in detecting gene mutations responsible for a sudden death.
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