Thursday brought news from my friend Lorraine , in Grand Falls-Windsor, of a genetic breakthrough at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) in St. John's.
Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, Kathy Hodgkinson and their team (Discipline of Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine) at MUN have been successful in isolating a mutation in gene TMEM43 in a number of Newfoundland families. As a result of their work, a gene test can now tell people with certainty if they are indeed at risk of sudden cardiac death. Please read more at: Newfoundland's sudden death riddle solved
A friend from my street, and my high school, was one of the young lives taken by this defect. Stew King was an athletic, charming, funny person and was only in his twenties when he left us.
The news of this discovery is bittersweet. Hats off to all those who made it possible.